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IT leaders set to intensify cloud investments over next 2 yrs, Colt research suggests

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Colts third annual cloud adoption research report shows the way the off-premise investment priorities of IT leaders are shaping up for the years ahead

Caroline Donnelly


Published: 23 Aug 2022 11: 00

Another 2 yrs could visit a rapid acceleration in the pace of cloud adoption by enterprises, in accordance with research commissioned by datacentre network connectivity provider Colt.

In the firms third annual Cloud adoption report, 500 senior IT and C-suite decision-makers from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region were asked about their off-premise migration priorities for the years ahead.

1 / 2 of the respondents (50%) indicated they plan to intensify the amount they’re buying cloud on the next 24 months, with the intention of picking right up the pace of these off-premise migration efforts.

Actually, 73% said they plan to spend the largest proportion of these IT budget up to now on cloud projects within 2 yrs, and 16% said they likely to do exactly the same between three and five years from now.

The study also highlights the contrasting impact that Covid-19 has already established on the treat it leaders are taking to moving to the cloud, with nearly one-third (31%) confirming that their migration plans slowed due to the pandemic, while 38% said it caused them to accelerate their move off-premise.

It appears there exists a new divide between businesses rushing to the cloud because of the lasting changes of the pandemic and the ones which have slowed their implementation, said Colts accompanying 19-page report. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages and companies are taking additional time to help make the right decisions.

Colts research further revealed how sustainability has turned into a core consideration for this decision-makers when shaping their cloud strategies, with 74% of respondents describing it being an important section of their cloud operations.

A companys attitude towards its ESG [environmental, social and governance] commitments is currently a deal-breaker for most businesses, said the report. Dealing with suppliers that donate to your goals is crucial.

In addition to a concentrate on sustainability, the study also showed where IT leaders have a tendency to prioritise their time during cloud initiatives, with most splitting their attention evenly between your planning, testing, migration and optimisation components of their projects.

Jaya Deshmukh, executive vice-president of strategy and transformation at Colt, said the firms research every year provides it with an improved knowledge of the challenges IT decision-makers face when moving to the cloud.

This years report highlights that businesses intend to invest heavily in the cloud on the next 2 yrs and that some perceived challenges around cloud migration were largely unfounded, said Deshmukh. This is deposit to the main element role partners play in delivering successful cloud deployments both with regards to set-up and optimisation.

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