Lack of Automated Cloud Tools Hampers IT Teams
While most organizations are likely to increase their investments in the cloud over the next five years, IT departments currently struggle with a lack of automated cloud apps and infrastructure tools, according to a recent survey from Logicworks. The resulting report, "Roadblocks to Cloud Success," reveals that the vast majority of IT decision-makers are confident that their tech staffers are prepared to address the challenges of managing cloud resources. However, they also feel that their leadership underestimates the time and cost required to oversee cloud resources. Without more cloud automation, IT is devoting at least 17 hours a week on cloud maintenance. Currently, concerns about security and budget, along with a lack of expertise among staff members, is preventing more automation. "Given the significant time and resources associated with cloud transformation initiatives, enterprises need to have a long-term IT operations plan which includes both a migration and maintenance strategy," said Stephanie Tayengco, senior vice president of operations for Logicworks. "To best leverage cloud investments, while improving operations and performance, part of that strategy should [include] the automation of repeat tasks to enforce best practices. Enterprises can drive operational agility by freeing up scarce, overburdened engineers to concentrate on innovation and growth-related activities without sacrificing infrastructure performance, security or availability." An estimated 400 U.S. IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Wakefield Research.