May 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter
Transitioning to public cloud is a slow-moving process for most businesses, according to a new study by Softchoice, a North American IT solutions and managed services provider.
Released on Tuesday, the study, titled The State of Cloud Readiness: Transformation and Strategic Adoption Measured, found that while progress is at hand, about 61% of surveyed organizations are still experimenting with (23%) or have limited use (37.5%) of public cloud and 13.5% consider public cloud to be an internal corporate standard. Just over a quarter (26%) say that public cloud is in “widespread use.”
The study involved a survey of 250 senior IT decision-makers and 250 line of business managers across Canada and the United States to understand how well IT teams currently meet the needs of the business, and measure the progress made toward strategic cloud adoption.
“Today, moving to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when,” said David MacDonald, president and CEO at Softchoice, in a press release. “However, many organizations are stuck in endless pilots or are hesitant to migrate to the public cloud in a meaningful way because they lack the strategy, skillsets and governance structures to build and maintain a fully realized cloud solution.”
“Embracing the cloud marks a turning point for IT leaders in how they augment their teams, manage budget and collaborate across their organizations,” MacDonald said in the press release. “The transition, however, is complex and organizations need to carefully assemble the right strategy, people and processes in order to unlock the public cloud’s diverse benefits.”