The biggest cloud adoption challenges

Rick Blaisdell

September 11th, 2017

The cloud technology industry is growing rapidly, as companies are understanding the profitability and efficiency benefits that cloud computing can provide. Public, private, or a combination of various cloud models are used by 70 percent of U.S. companies who have at least one application in the cloud according to IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey. In addition, almost 93 percent of organizations across the world use cloud services according to Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky Survey.

Even though cloud adoption is increasing, it's important that companies develop a strategy before moving their data and using cloud technology to increase efficiency. This strategy is especially important because transitioning to the cloud is often a challenging process. If you're thinking of making this transition, here is a list of cloud adoption challenges that you should be aware of.

Technology

It's important to take into consideration the complex issues that can arise with new technology. For example, some applications are not built for cloud, or require certain compliance requirements that will not be met in a pure cloud environment. In this instance, a solution could be a hybrid environment with configured security requirements.

People

Moving to the cloud could be met with resistance, especially from people who have spent most of their time managing physical infrastructure. The largest organization will have a long transition to full cloud adoption. Small companies that are tech savvy will have an easier time making this change.

Most modern IT departments will choose an agile approach to cloud adoption, although some employers might not be that experiences in these types of operational changes. The implementation takes time, but you can transform existing operating models to enable a cloud to be more approachable for the company.

Psychological barriers

Psychologically, there will be many questions. Will the cloud be more secure? Can I maintain my SLAs? Will I find the right technical support services? In 2017, cloud providers can meet all of those expectations and at the same time, reduce overall expenses.

Costs

Many organizations that decide to move to the cloud do not estimate costs properly. Even though the pricing seems to be simple, the more moving parts there are, the more the liklihood of incorrect costs estimates. When starting the migration to the cloud, look for tools that will help you estimate cloud costs and ROI, whilst taking into consideration all possible variables.

Security

One of the CIO's concerns when it comes to moving to the cloud is security and privacy. The management team needs to know if the cloud provider they plan to work with has a bullet proof environment. This is a big challenge because a data breach could not only put the company reputation at risk, but could also be the result of a huge financial loss for a company.

The first step in adopting cloud services is to be able to identify all of the challenges that will come with the process. It is essential to work with the cloud provider to facilitate a successful cloud implementation.

Are there any challenges that you consider crucial to a cloud transition? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

About the Author

Rick Blaisdell is an experienced CTO, offering cloud services and creating technical strategies, which reduce IT operational costs and improve efficiency. He has 20 years of product, business development, and high-tech experience with Fortune 500 companies developing innovative technology strategies.