Companies of all sizes can benefit by making the move to the cloud, and mid-sized companies have special challenges that make cloud computing particularly useful for them. Unfortunately, midsize companies often make serious mistakes in their cloud adoptions that are costing them significant amounts of money and time.
So concludes the Gartner survey “Top 3 Drivers of Cloud Adoption in Midsize Enterprises.” Following is what the study has to say, along with its recommendations for what midsize companies should do when adopting the cloud.
The report is blunt about how poorly many mid-sized companies are adopting the cloud. Here are two of its main findings:
- Seventy-five percent of midsize enterprises (MSEs) base their cloud sourcing decision on inadequate financial information.
- Forty-five percent of organizations that perform lift-and-shift to cloud IaaS without optimization will be overprovisioned by as much as 55%, and will overspend by 70% during the first 18 months.
One big mistake MSEs make when deciding to move to the cloud is basing their decision on the belief that the cloud will allow them to reduce their staff or get rid of legacy hardware. The report warns: “Rarely does a cloud migration result in staffing reductions within MSEs…Well-intentioned decisions made to leverage cloud to eliminate hardware and free up resources are often rooted in fallacy. MSE CIOs must not base strategic decisions solely on the technical debt associated with aging infrastructure that, in many cases, was not architected, implemented or maintained correctly.”
Instead, the report says, MSE CIOs should look to the cloud to reduce tasks that are simple and repetitive. It suggests, “MSE CIOs with a static pool of finite resources benefit when time spent in low-value, labor-intensive activities, relating to hardware and hardware support, is reduced to the least common denominator” and moved to the cloud.
Doing that, says Gartner, will let MSE CIOs allocate resources to various initiatives that help the company, notably for revenue growth, digital transformation and increased profitability. Gartner also recommends that MSE CIOs should use the cloud as a “cost-effective enabler of disaster recovery.” And the report concludes that they should look to the cloud to help realize gains in business and IT operations.
How to Choose the Best Cloud for Your Business
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