Despite challenges, cloud deployments can be successful

Despite challenges, cloud deployments can be successful

February 14

Cloud computing is still dominating the headlines as more industry research shows the significance of the technology on a global scale. The solution, which offers companies of all sizes cost-effective advantages, has quickly become an IT staple for many. KPMG recently polled more than 650 business and IT decision-makers and found that more than 50 percent of organizations are already leveraging hosted environments.

Although this finding is significant, roughly one-third of participants said their firms encountered higher costs associated with adoption of the cloud. A similar percentage said their companies experienced challenges during implementation.

Successful cloud deployments can help organizations unlock a faster time to market, more agile operations and efficient processes, according to Rick Wright, KPMG cloud enablement program leader. However, other challenges still remain regarding the technology.

The KPMG survey found that companies are concerned with security issues relating to hosted environments, with more than 25 percent of respondents saying such problems can be severe. Cloud regulations and taxes are other aspects of the solution that can cause headaches for firms.

“Considering a strategic approach is necessary to focus on core business goals while moving portions of the organization into a cloud environment, organizations should also look to leverage the opportunities for business transformation and change management that can occur as a result of a move into the cloud,” Wright said.

Cloud computing delivers many benefits
Companies that have experienced successful cloud deployments can take advantage of the technology’s functionality. A separate survey of approximately 1,500 IT professionals by TechTarget found that more than 60 percent said their organizations currently use some type of cloud solution.

Of the firms leveraging public clouds, 73 percent of respondents said the solution’s cost-efficiency is one of its top benefits, followed by 65 percent who said the cloud meets their companies’ business requirements.

Private clouds are also viewed as advantageous, according to TechTarget, with 57 percent saying the technology is effective for automating IT tasks. More than 60 percent of hybrid cloud users praised the solution’s cost-efficiency.

Whether an organization wants to improve how employees collaborate, replace outdated infrastructure or have an effective disaster recovery solution, cloud computing can help it address of all these needs. As more businesses become comfortable with migrating applications to hosted environments, global adoption rates will only continue to expand at a healthy clip.

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