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Cloud Adoption: Shifting the Focus from Build to Consume

As cloud adoption in the enterprise continues to accelerate, IT leaders are shifting their focus from building to consumption. They’re moving in the direction of public cloud by adopting hybrid cloud and moving further away from on-premise traditional and virtual environments.

Research management firm McKinsey just released the results of their IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Cloud and Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure surveys According to McKinsey “Enterprises are planning to transition IT workloads at a significant rate and pace to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, with off-premise environments seeing the greatest growth in adoption.”

The survey revealed in 2015, 77% of enterprises used traditionally built IT infrastructure as the primary environment for at least one workload; by 2018, this will drop to 43% as more enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud. Enterprises’ adoption of IaaS as the primary environment for workloads will increase from 10% in 2015 to 51% in 2018 ⎯ the benefit in time to market and quality being the primary driver of accelerated adoption. Security and compliance, however remain a significant barrier to cloud adoption.

So where is your business along this journey? Are you just starting or accelerating the transition of IT workloads to a hybrid cloud? Are security concerns holding those efforts back?

McKinsey’s ITaaS Cloud Survey sampled approximately 800 CIOs and IT executives worldwide across a variety of industries. Participants ranged in size from small companies to Fortune 100 enterprises. The survey gauged the pace of the migration to the cloud at a workload level, the resulting impact on the enterprise IT industry, and the key decision criteria for enterprises in selecting providers of cloud infrastructure services. McKinsey’s Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Survey, examined cloud transitions of more than 50 large enterprises globally. The results of both surveys are summarized on MckInsey’s site at IT as a service: From build to consume.