Story image

Migration regret: Australia’s cloud industry has a communication problem

23 Mar 2018

Almost all Australian c-level executives are experiencing cloud migration regret, with 97% of CxOs saying they would have made different strategic decisions during their first cloud migration.

This is according to new and independent research commissioned by Rackspace, that surveyed more than 200 Australia C-Level executives, including CEOs, CIOs and CFOs.

The aim of the research was to determine the main objectives, expectations, and experiences of executives from recent cloud migrations.

The top regret was not seeking more information during the cloud migration process (62%), while 28% of respondents wished they had conducted more cost-benefit analysis on chosen cloud capabilities.

Overall, implementation issues were the main contributors to cloud migration regret.

Based on expectations, on average only 16% of respondents were “very satisfied” with the communication of cloud capabilities, how well project timelines or budgets were stuck to, and how well the company objectives were met.

Clearly, the industry has a communication problem; 72% of executives say that at least one benefit of cloud migration wasn’t well communicated to them internally. Communicating cost reductions and revenue growth rated the worst.

Many survey respondents also felt that concerns about business risk were not taken seriously enough, with 71% of executives saying that at least one strategy to address risks was not well developed.

Rackspace ANZ’s senior director and general manager Angus Dorney says cloud migration is complicated, and setting expectations and addressing risks upfront is critical.

“[This is] especially [important] as enterprises have so much to gain with a well-executed cloud migration strategy.”

“Successful cloud migration is about open and transparent communication – developing the strategy as partners is key.”

“The executive team must be satisfied with the outcome of cloud migration, or the business will be unable to reap the many benefits of this process.”

Dorney concludes, “If you collaborate on cloud migration, the sky is the limit, and cloud migration can be used to its fullest potential in an organisation."

Dropbox invests in hosting data inside Australia
Global collaboration platform Dropbox has announced it will now host Australian customer files onshore to support its growing base in the country.
Opinion: Meeting the edge computing challenge
Scale Computing's Alan Conboy discusses the importance of edge computing and the imminent challenges that lie ahead.
Alibaba Cloud discusses past and unveils ‘strategic upgrade’
Alibaba Group's Jeff Zhang spoke about the company’s aim to develop into a more technologically inclusive platform.
Protecting data centres from fire – your options
Chubb's Pierre Thorne discusses the countless potential implications of a data centre outage, and how to avoid them.
Opinion: How SD-WAN changes the game for 5G networks
5G/SD-WAN mobile edge computing and network slicing will enable and drive innovative NFV services, according to Kelly Ahuja, CEO, Versa Networks
TYAN unveils new inference-optimised GPU platforms with NVIDIA T4 accelerators
“TYAN servers with NVIDIA T4 GPUs are designed to excel at all accelerated workloads, including machine learning, deep learning, and virtual desktops.”
AMD delivers data center grunt for Google's new game streaming platform
'By combining our gaming DNA and data center technology leadership with a long-standing commitment to open platforms, AMD provides unique technologies and expertise to enable world-class cloud gaming experiences."
Inspur announces AI edge computing server with NVIDIA GPUs
“The dynamic nature and rapid expansion of AI workloads require an adaptive and optimised set of hardware, software and services for developers to utilise as they build their own solutions."