Cisco: Still a long way to go for maximisation of cloud value

Study finds cloud adoption is going mainstream, yet only few are maximising the value

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Cisco: Still a long way to go for maximisation of cloud value Mike Weston: "While many customers are embracing cloud, most are still in the early stages of their journey to an optimised cloud model."
By  Staff Writer Published  January 23, 2017

Nearly 68% of organisations (+61% YoY) are using cloud to help drive business outcomes; however, 69% do not have mature cloud strategies and only 3% have optimised cloud strategies generating superior business outcomes, according to a recent study by Cisco.

On average, the most "cloud advanced" organisations see an annual benefit per cloud-based application of $3m in additional revenues and $1m in cost savings. These revenue increases have been largely the result of sales of new products and services, gaining new customers faster, or accelerated ability to sell into new markets.

The study reveals that 95% of those leading organisations with optimised cloud strategies have built a hybrid IT environment that uses multiple private and public clouds based on economics, location and governance policies.

In the study, IDC identifies five levels of cloud maturity: adhoc, opportunistic, repeatable, managed and optimised. According to the study, organisations face a number of obstacles to achieving greater cloud maturity, including capabilities and skills gaps, lack of a well-defined strategy and roadmap, legacy siloed organisational structures, and information technology/line of business (IT/LOB) misalignment.

"Our customers are dealing with increasingly diverse and complex environments as their hybrid and multicloud deployments grow. While many customers are embracing cloud, most are still in the early stages of their journey to an optimised cloud model. That is where our new and enhanced Cisco Professional Services can help," said Mike Weston, VP, Cisco Middle East.

 

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