70% of Cloud Decision Makers Identify Silos As Impediment To Digital Transformation


New research from Virtana reveals that 70 per cent of cloud decision makers view silos across teams as a hindrance to IT’s ability to maximise business value.

The research shows that a lack of executive involvement in cloud efforts, along with cross-functional stakeholder participation, correlates with escalating challenges for enterprises.

Notably, only 26 per cent of cloud decision makers claim C-suite executives are actively involved in their organisations’ hybrid cloud efforts. This is a key finding of a survey of 350 IT/cloud decision makers in the US and the UK.

Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst of Intellyx said, “There is a definitive competitive chasm developing within traditional enterprises between those that see the cloud as merely a part of the IT infrastructure, and those that see it as a strategic business enabler. Those that see it as the latter are investing both resources and executive engagement in leveraging the cloud to drive competitive advantage, and have recognised that doing so requires managing it from a business as well as technical perspective to deliver transformative business results.”

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Organisations that reported a lack of cross-functional cloud stakeholders are less likely than the overall respondent pool to have what they need in terms of cloud management tools and optimization capabilities. In particular, only 16 per cent reported having billing visibility tools (compared to 40 per cent of the overall respondent pool), 30 per cent have usage dashboards (compared to 44 per cent), and 38 per cent have capacity/usage planning tools (compared to 53 per cent).

Organisations where IT is the exclusive cloud stakeholder are also more likely than the overall respondent pool to report a variety of cloud visibility and management challenges. In particular, there is a double-digit difference in the number of respondents who reported the following:

  • 85 per cent agree or strongly agree that limited visibility across their hybrid cloud environment creates inefficiencies and wastes time (vs. 71 per cent of the total respondent pool)
  • 79 per cent  agree or strongly agree their team works in silos (vs. 67 per cent)
  • 78 per cent agree or strongly agree that it’s hard to understand whether they are delivering the service levels required for business success (vs. 66 per cent)
  • 75 per cent agree or strongly agree that it’s difficult to identify the overall business impact of an issue (vs. 65 per cent)
  • 73 per cent agree or strongly agree that they are unable to make data-driven IT investment decisions (vs. 63 per cent)

Jon Cyr, VP of Product Management for Virtana, said, “With growing cloud costs and the buzz around the cloud enabling digital transformation (not to mention the strategic importance of cloud), you would think execs would be all-in on breaking down siloed cloud procurement and management. This research shows that most organisations aren’t there yet, but we expect this to change dramatically in the coming year. As organizations gain more insight into cloud costs and management, the C-suite is sure to take notice.”