Companies are becoming more confident in their cloud capabilities. For example, 98% of senior managers in North America quickly create new applications for the cloud, according to a CloudHealth Technologies report of 550 senior managers involved in cloud operations of international enterprises.
Nearly one-third of respondents said they have a monthly expenditure between $5,000 and $19,999 on their public cloud infrastructure. However, only 24% of cloud "laggards," or respondents with the "worst results," in North America said cloud-based expenses were predictable, according to the report.
The top three concerns of North American respondents were security and privacy, reliability, and complexity and support. Even cloud leaders can have bad habits, such as ignoring automated cloud usage and cloud infrastructure deployment and maintenance.
Many large companies are still functioning without the basics of the cloud. Though 98% of the cloud leaders agreed that the cloud aided in revenue growth and gave the company a competitive edge, fully committing to the technology is still resisted, according to the report.
Making an organization's money go as far as it can with the cloud is a top priority for more than one-third of technical executives. Organizations are prepping for when 75% of workloads will be based on SaaS solutions by 2021, while IaaS and PaaS fall far behind.
Migrating to an entirely digital infrastructure is often met with resistance. More than half of respondents said their could company could face potential risks due to "cloud initiatives that do not adhere to organizational governance," according to the report. Creating a level of transparency among in-house leadership helps ease the perception of greater risk.
Another tactic IT departments can use to mitigate risk and headache is using a multicloud strategy. More than 80% of organizations already use an average of 4.8 public and private clouds. Until companies properly adapt to the cloud platforms available, they will remain digital laggards.