Poor control over cloud services is preventing businesses achieve objectives

According to research conducted by IDE, a staggering 76% of companies are unable to control their cloud services.
Poor control over cloud services is preventing businesses achieve objectives

In advance of exhibiting at Cloud Expo Europe, IDE has revealed some shocking statistics associated with cloud; revealing that many companies, 76% to be exact, are unable to control their cloud services and shape them to meet changing needs.

Accompanying this finding, research uncovered that relatively few companies (26%) feel able to conclude that their cloud strategy has been totally successful in achieving their targeted objectives.

Prior to exhibiting at Cloud Expo Europe (ExCel London, 21-22 March), IDE Group polled 100 IT managers at UK companies of between 500 and 5,000 employees, all of which had deployed at least one cloud service. The company say that the questions posed in the research study were focussed on the prevalence and significance of challenges in real world cloud environments related to control of services.

Other key findings from the research study include:

  • 64% have implemented a hybrid cloud solution, of which 68% don’t have full oversight and control of their cloud services
  • When considering control of multiple cloud services, the biggest areas of concern is security and sovereignty of data (75%)
  • At 55%, access to information is the second biggest area of concern
  • 93% would value a service giving effective control over multiple cloud services

“Maintaining complete control over cloud services is fundamental to aligning tactics with strategy and delivering the outcomes that companies want,” says Merlin Gillespie, strategy director at IDE Group. “Our research shows significant gaps in control, often originating right at the start of a company’s’ cloud journey and widening as their environment becomes more complex.”

“Lack of control means companies struggle to optimise cloud service operations on a day to day basis, as well as not being able to adapt them to meet longer term needs. Unsurprisingly, the expected business outcomes of the cloud have not fully materialised for many of our respondents.

A full report presenting the findings of IDE Group’s research can be downloaded from the company website. IDE say readers will discover the prevalence of common challenges that companies face in respect to controlling their cloud environments. They will also learn how matching individual workloads to the right cloud services delivers better service to users, and understand the significance of environment-wide cloud control in achieving business outcomes and minimising total cost of ownership.


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