3 reasons why you aren’t seeing the benefits of cloud (yet)

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Your IT team has been quite apprehensive about migrating to cloud, so you decide to test the waters and move a couple of small workloads over. You sit back and wait to see the myriad of benefits appear. But wait, nothing’s changed! But why? After all you’ve reached the holy grail – the mighty public cloud!

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. In fact, according to an Accenture research report produced last year, 65% of large enterprises aren’t realising the full benefits of their cloud migration strategies. Of the 200 IT leaders surveyed, only 35% felt their cloud environment was a business-enabler and only 34% saw an increase in speed and improved service levels, so where on earth is it all going wrong?

When this topic has been addressed in the past, we often see factors like security and compliance risk, complexity of business and organisational change and skill shortages bearing the brunt of the blame, but actually, this might not be the case.

Pressure from increasing competition and growing customer expectations is forcing every organisation to adopt cloud in some capacity and many organisations are still apprehensive, so as a compromise, they’re just dipping their toe in the water. It may seem sensible to migrate a small workload or two and see how it goes before fully committing, but the truth is, you just aren’t going to see any real benefit or return on investment.

So, without further ado, here are our top 3 reasons you’re (probably) not yet reaping the benefits of cloud:

  1. You’re not consuming enough services

Believe it or not, this is a genuine reason. Research has shown that when it comes to cloud adoption, the more you consume in services, the greater value you will see in return because as you expand your use of cloud applications and footprint across different functions, divisions and geographies, you will increase the areas to which the technology can bring value.

The Accenture report also revealed that satisfaction levels based on the degree of cloud adoption, showed that those in the early stages of cloud adoption or those only moderately adopting cloud had lower satisfaction levels than those who have heavily adopted. Only 33% early stage adopters said they were ‘very satisfied’ whereas 54% of heavy adopters considered themselves ‘very satisfied’.

The chart below compares how low, moderate and high consumers of cloud services rate their satisfaction levels based on cost, speed and business enablement.

2. You’re migrating with an on-premises mindset

A lot of IT teams are still stuck in an ‘on premises’ mindset which is to be expected. Unfortunately, this means you’re not designing the platform in a cloud native way, but instead, replicating on premises platforms; the storage, the VM’s etc. This is resulting in overprovisioning and a higher cost of service.

3. You can’t just lift and shift

Many applications in their current form aren’t designed to run efficiently in a public cloud platform, which ultimately means you can’t expect to just lift and shift your apps. To avoid paying more than you need to, carefully consider which applications need to either be re-platformed, or at least optimised to run efficiently in a cloud environment – right down to when the service should be live (turned on), where de-duplication can be used, how data will be protected – ultimately any cost centres that can be manipulated for efficiency.

Like most new technologies, capturing the intended benefits of cloud takes time; there is a learning curve influenced by many variables and barriers. Taking your cloud strategy to the next level isn’t something you can do overnight ­­­­— you need to approach it strategically with a trusted partner to access deep expertise, show measurable business value and expedite digital transformation.

If you’ve leveraged public cloud, but you’re yet to see the intended benefits, we can help. We offer a complementary, no obligation Cloud Check Service for organisations who would like to find out how they can optimise their cloud environment. So whether you need to improve consumption but don’t know what you should migrate first, or if you’re looking to reduce platform spend, validate your security or increase operational efficiency, we will help you achieve best practice by delivering an architecture efficiency report with key recommendations.

To find out more about our Cloud Check service, click here.