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Mounting frustrations with cloud technology stifling adoption

Research has revealed over a third (36 per cent) of UK businesses host less than ten per cent of their IT applications on the cloud. The news comes despite industry experts previously predicting a growth surge in cloud computing during 2015 (*₁). 

The study, undertaken by Arlington Research on behalf of StratoGen(*₂), also found almost three quarters (74 per cent) of the 1,000 UK senior business executives surveyed, reported experiencing frustrations with using cloud hosted applications in their day-to-day working environment.

A fifth cited their main frustration with cloud is the high cost, 17 per cent said insufficient availability of applications, 16 per cent pinpointed a lack of IT support when problems occur, while a tenth blamed the amount of downtime. 

These mounting frustrations with cloud technology are having a detrimental impact on business growth; 17 per cent of business leaders are concerned their incumbent cloud solutions are preventing their company from growing. In addition, 14 per cent are worried downtime is impacting employee productivity and resulting in a loss of company earnings.

As a result, the frustrations business leaders have with their cloud-based IT applications have led to a third (33 per cent) being ready to remove their business off the cloud completely. Meanwhile, a further 31 per cent are also considering such a move. 

Karl Robinson, Chief Commercial Officer at StratoGen, says, “The research highlights a major problem for cloud technology, but in reality the actual ‘pain’ point lies in companies not having the right cloud solution in place from the outset. 

“The perceived high cost of cloud hosting is a direct result of the unexpected metered costs businesses are all too often hit with. Migration challenges and the time invested in integrating cloud technology with legacy applications can further increase the cost of cloud computing.

“This doesn’t have to be the case though. A cloud platform should always be fit for a business’s individual needs, with in-built scalability to allow for growth, without surprising cost hikes. 

“It is clear UK businesses today have a distinct lack of confidence in the cloud’s ability to deliver the benefits it is capable of. To truly instil trust cloud solutions must prove the business value being provided. Until then, the business benefits of mass cloud adoption will not be realised.

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Notes to editors

*₁KPMG research (2014)

*₂ Include link to whitepaper

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