Risk to cloud adoption because IT departments 'short on time'

Report claims administration tasks are taking up too much tech staff time

Widespread adoption of cloud computing could be threatened because IT departments do not have the time to get it off the ground, according to a report.

High maintenance costs and the increasing percentage of time that goes into administration around existing systems were the biggest challenges to overcome, said the paper.

Nearly two thirds of respondents said the volume of administrative tasks was "significantly reducing their effectiveness", and 60 percent said administration was reducing their capacity to work on new initiatives, such as cloud migrations.

IT automation software firm UC4 commissioned the survey of 100 IT decision makers at large companies. The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

"IT staff are not reaping the benefits from moving to the cloud," said Craig Beddis, regional senior vice president at UC4. "The IT department is under pressure to show it is being as efficient as possible and 'driving innovation', yet it is faced with a bigger admin burden than ever.

"This in turn is making teams less efficient by focusing too much of their time on mundane admin jobs that are not bringing value to the business."

Beddis said cloud services offer the potential for businesses to be more flexible and dynamic, and that IT staff are becoming "frustrated" having to deal with an abundance of siloed systems, "which is stifling their creativity and effectiveness".

He said this could stall the adoption of more cloud services in the future if the IT department views it as "too much of a headache".

With IT departments struggling to find time for the cloud, the scenario of other departments bypassing the IT department altogether to buy in cloud services could become more common - with security threats perhaps increasing.

Research just published has shown some firms are buying into Amazon cloud services without setting up the correct security measures.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags cloud computinginternetIT Business

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Antony Savvas

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?