Who will take the lead in Cloud Computing - Business or IT Executives?

Sep 25, 2015

It executives: "We're going to lead you into the cloud"
Business executives: "Thanks, but we've got this covered"

A new survey of 930 executives suggest that business leaders are moving as quickly as they can to cloud-based solutions, regardless of whether their IT departments are along for the ride. This apparent disconnect stems from exceptions "likely rooted the the business units" desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautions in cloud adaptation- especially public cloud adoption", the survey's authors deducted.
However, the survey, released by Rackspace, also suggest that IT leaders are getting more comfortable with cloud, particularly the security aspects. This may spur IT leaders to get out in front of the cloud movement, and evolve into brokers and advisor's to their business, versus simply being the people that handle the machines. At least that's the way IT leaders see their futures unfolding.
Increasingly, corporate IT departments have been seeking a greater role in identifying and selecting cloud-based solutions for the business. Enterprises overall are becoming comfortable with the cloud technologies, the survey finds. IT concerns about the cloud security have been declined, down from 47% reporting it as a significant challenge in 2014 to 41% in 2015. As a consequence central IT has increased its focus to public cloud, with 28% of central IT respondents reporting public cloud as the top priority in 2015 up from 18% in 2014.
At this point, more than 62% of executive in the survey report that a majority of cloud purchase decisions are now made by their central IT department. In addition, 43% of IT teams are offering a self-services portal for access to cloud services, with an additional 41% planning or developing a portal.
Many business unit leaders, however, continue to view IT within a more limited role. For example, while 59% of IT leaders see their department as leading the way with public cloud deployments, only 34% of business types see an IT role here. Likewise, 57% of IT types say IT will take a leadership role in selecting private clouds, versus 35% of business managers. Another 55% of IT execs see IT as ultimately charged with managing all cloud deployments. Versus 39% of business managers. 56% of IT managers say IT should be deciding or advising on which applications should go on the cloud, versus 44% of business types.
The availability of cloud services for all types of needs has created a shadow IT reality that had grown well beyond the shadows. Business users directly procure their services, often seen as a workaround of slower, more cautions, IT departments. Ultimately, however, the future is in hybrid cloud, which requires skills in bringing outside on-line services together with on-premises assets. IT will play a role as advisor and broker for the business, identifying and procuring needed resources, whether the come from cloud services or enterprises' own data centres.
Either way, there is a lot of room for continued growth in the cloud. Most enterprises only run less than a fifth of their total application portfolio in the cloud. In addition, 55% of enterprises report that a significant portion of their existing application portfolio is not in cloud, but is built with cloud-friendly architectures. That survey finds hybrid cloud is the preferred strategy. 93% of organisation surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service. 82% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014.
While public clouds leads in the number of enterprises adopting, private cloud leads in the numbers of workloads being run. Only 13% of enterprises are running more than 1000 virtual machines (VMs) in the public cloud, while 22% have more than 1000 VMs in private cloud.
However, enterprises are expecting to grow public cloud workloads more quickly. in 12 months, 27% of enterprise respondents expect to have more than 1000 VMs- more than doubling the current 13%. Private cloud workloads are also expected to grow, with 31% expecting to run 1000 or more VMs, up from 22% in 2014. Fast-forward one year an we may find that enterprises are dividing workloads more equally between public cloud and private cloud, while non-cloud virtualized environments remain relatively static.

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