IT leaders tell us: What does migrating to the cloud really deliver?

Cloud has and continues to transform the way businesses operate and interact with their customers.

What does migrating to the cloud really deliver? (Picture: Alden Chadwick, Flickr).

What does migrating to the cloud really deliver? (Picture: Alden Chadwick, Flickr).

Cloud has and continues to transform the way Australian businesses operate and interact with their customers.

Increasing the agility, speed and control at which a business can grow and service their cliental, the modern cloud is considered a highly rewarding play for those looking to increase growth, scalability and transparency. But what about the risks, the unknowns that make the concept of cloud ubiquitous but not the adoption?

Knowing when and what to migrate to the cloud, and if it’s right for your businesses, are decisions facing IT leaders today, yet the path to cloud prosperity is a veritable minefield and the best path can be unique to every organisation.

The truth is, while the cloud is for everyone, it isn’t for everything. While it may seem tempting to ‘lift and shift’ your technology to take advantage of the above benefits, this approach isn’t guaranteed to leave you or your clients feeling satisfied. Likewise, there are some applications that work perfectly well on, or are better suited to, legacy hosting environments and moving them now isn’t the best use of resources.

As an agnostic managed cloud provider we were keen to get in the heads of Australia’s decision-makers. With so much discussion in the market around making the move to cloud, we wanted to understand why those who made the jump, chose to do so.

To uncover these insights, we surveyed 100 senior IT decision-makers on cloud migration across a variety of industries to get a thorough understanding of where Australian organisations truly sat on the topic.

We also closely followed a similar study done by our UK counterparts to reveal how ‘cloud advanced’ Australian businesses are compared to those on the other side of the world.

Split into those who had already migrated workloads and those who planned to do so, the results show interesting variations and nuances between the two countries, as well as between planners and migrators.

So what did we find? Australian businesses are incredibly cloud savvy.

Locally, 80 per cent of respondents said their cloud migration had hit the business goals they set out to achieve, compared to 58 per cent in the UK.

On top of that, 37 per cent of Australian migration projects were done in less than three months, compared to just five per cent in the UK.

When it came to expectations, reasoning, lessons learnt and objectives, the study also revealed:

Next: What the study also revealed:

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