Cloud services and infrastructures are indisputably a central pillar for efficient and secure IT operations. But the applications also bring new challenges. […]
On behalf of USU, the research and consulting company “Research in Action” has now interviewed 750 decision – makers from medium-sized and large companies about the challenges, solutions and savings potential of cloud services. The study examines 5 important aspects of the future of cloud services. It shows that cloud computing is indispensable in today’s economy, but the challenges are immense: three quarters of companies suffer from skyrocketing cloud costs, two thirds from an uncontrolled increase in cloud services. The detailed results of the study are available free of charge.
Cost Trap Cloud Computing
Cloud services and infrastructures are indisputably a central pillar for efficient and secure IT operations. But the applications also bring new challenges. A large number of respondents complain about the cost explosion. Almost all participants from companies with up to 5,000 employees suffer from this. The proportion of larger companies is also at least 59%. In order for IT infrastructures with cloud components to increase the efficiency of the overall organization, companies must first find a way out of the cost trap.
Wild growth and lack of ROI calculation
Two other aspects are closely related to the high cloud costs: It is very important (65 %) for respondents to prevent uncontrolled wild growth when purchasing cloud services. The unregulated purchase of services is likely to be a major cause of the difficult-to-control costs. There is a lack of transparency and uniform control. In this sense, more than half of the respondents miss an ROI calculation before using the cloud. Large companies in particular (75 %) see the risk of a cost explosion due to incorrect decisions due to a lack of ROI calculation.
Software solutions for efficient cloud operation
In order to effectively master the identified challenges in cloud management, the participants rely on software tools as the means of choice. The range of applications is broad. As a rule, modules for cost control, offsetting and resource management combine the various functions requested in the USU study. More than four-fifths of decision-makers plan tool-based cost controlling.
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Cost and risk minimization through cloud management
Expectations are high. More than four – fifths of respondents expect the use of cloud management software to reduce their infrastructure and software license costs. More than three quarters (78 %) expect cost reductions of up to one million euros per year. In addition, the efficiency and security of IT operations are also very important to you in order to sustainably strengthen the overall organization.
The time is ripe for Cloud Management Software
For most companies, the introduction of cloud management tools for optimizing their hybrid IT landscapes is imminent. The participants usually name periods of a few months. 94% of respondents will introduce cloud management software in the next two years. They expect to control and reduce the cost of cloud services. In general, the respondents hope for a transparent overview of which services are used in the company at all and whether the implemented resources are being used. Many of these aspects are covered by a modular complete solution for cloud management software.