While many senior IT strategists and business leaders agree the potential benefits of moving to a cloud model are compelling — and increasingly attainable — they are under no illusions regarding the challenges facing them on this journey.
IT decision-makers have genuine concerns around issues such as security, data governance, reliability, performance, loss of control, cultural resistance, migration and integration — not to mention the difficulty of selecting trusted cloud partners with the necessary capabilities, experience and market stability to support their specific ambitions.
They often struggle to navigate through the disparate options, for example, when and where to use public, private or hybrid cloud solutions. Many need to assess what steps they have to take to enable the progressive switch to cloud, and the modernization of their IT environment legacy as part of that journey.
Cloud also requires IT and business to work together even more closely to ensure cloud adoption is not counter-productive — enabling business units to self-provision cloud service, while IT divisions take care of related risks factors, integration issues and service-level considerations.
While some cloud providers seek to play down such concerns, Fujitsu appreciates that the only way to ensure cloud success is to address the challenges head-on — this requires our technical and business expertise to ensure the least risk for our customer on their cloud journey. We recognize everyone journey is unique — the pace and precise direction of each journey will vary from sector to sector, from organization to organization, and depend on individual business circumstances, competitive pressures and strategic priorities.