Report: Cloud Adoption Challenges Continue for Channel Partners
Adoption challenges continue to rise as businesses and channel partners move deeper into their journey with cloud computing, a new report reveals.
According to CompTIA’s “Fifth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing” study, released Monday, businesses are hitting more obstacles as they move from one cloud adoption phase into the next. The IT research organization last year defined the steps in the cloud adoption process as experiment, non-critical use, full production and transform IT.
The survey results pointed out that 28 percent of companies that have progressed from the first experimental stage to the non-critical use stage rated the transition as “requiring significant effort.”
“Companies transitioning to the first adoption stage or just beginning to exit that stage need to realize the full scope of a cloud adoption effort,” said Seth Robinson, senior director of Technology Analysis at CompTIA, in an inteview with MSPmentor.
He continued: “Rather than being a simple one-time project where a single application is moved to a cloud provider, becoming a cloud-based company will be a lengthy process and will involve many internal changes, not just in the types of systems that are used but also in the way in which the business is run.”
63 percent of users who have moved from full production completely through the progression to a transformed IT stage rated the final transition as “requiring significant effort.”
“In the third stage, companies report dealing more with business-related issues, such as making changes to IT policy and modifying workflow,” Robinson said. “These behavioral and cultural changes are often more difficult to overcome than the technical challenges, which are sizable hurdles in their own right.”
Additional survey findings include:
- 44 percent of companies say they’ve moved either infrastructure or applications from one public cloud to another;
- 25 percent moved from a public cloud into a private cloud; and
- 24 percent moved from a public cloud back to an on-premise system.
Robinson said channel partners will need to understand the full scope of these transformations to effectively assist end users with cloud adoption.
“They will especially need to become more and more knowledgeable about their clients’ business operations as they begin to assist them with future stages of adoption,” he said. ” Just as end users are moving from more technical aspects to more business-related aspects, channel firms need to be prepared to help with defining policy and restructuring workflow in order to optimize the various systems a client may be using.”