The move to the cloud is on.
Among medium and large organizations, as of 2016:
84% invested in cloud services. Nearly half migrated more than 50% of corporate application workloads to public clouds.
Investment in cloud services is real.
In 2016, medium and large organizations made these investments:
57% in Software as a Service (SaaS)
51% in Security as a Service
39% in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
34% in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Business drivers include:
Reduced operating costs/maximized IT investment: 43%
Security management: 37%
System reliability/availability: 35%
Managing, analyzing and sharing data: 34%
Better customer experience: 34%
There are three general phases to cloud adoption:
- Planning and strategy
- Ready to implement the strategy
- Seeing return on investment
No matter your stage, take an application-centric approach following these best practices:
- Analyze workloads.
- Classify workloads.
- Map dependencies.
- Analyze network impact.
- Determine operational readiness.
- Perform cost analysis.
- Vet application dependencies.
What’s the ultimate payoff?
- Be more agile.
- Gain a competitive advantage.
- Optimize mobile apps.
- Open new revenue streams.
- Monetize the Internet of Things.
Cloud adopters report these benefits:
49% increased collaboration.
45% improved business agility.
43% gained a better customer experience.
43% experienced better management, analysis and sharing of data.
40% increased innovation.