CIO Concerns Over IT Complexity are Smothering the Cloud, Claims NTT

     CIO Concerns Over IT Complexity are Smothering the Cloud, Claims NTT

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, June 28, 2013

LONDON, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  CIOs state complexity of their ICT systems is main barrier for slow cloud
             adoption  according to new research from NTT Europe

81% of leading CIOs believe their own ICT architecture is the greatest hurdle
to cloud adoption, a study, sponsored by NTT Europe, has found.

The report, based on a survey of 300 CIOs and senior IT professionals, further
reveals that over half (58%) of respondents believe the complexity of their
existing IT estate is holding up their implementation of cloud computing
platforms. This complexity is compounded by the continued use of legacy IT
platforms - on average, just over a quarter (28%) of respondents'
infrastructure is described as legacy IT.

The research also suggests that the cloud is being used more as a tactical
bolt-on to existing IT services than a strategic ICT platform for the
business. Around two thirds (65%) of businesses that use cloud are using three
or fewer cloud platforms, and over two thirds (68%) of respondents admit they
have only been using cloud applications for less than two years.

Damian Skendrovic, VP Cloud Services, NTT Europe said, "We can deduce from our
findings that cloud is largely restricted to test and development, and
software as a service (SaaS). IT leaders have held back from putting their
business engine in the cloud - the suites of core applications and data that
lie at the heart of the organisation. They are concerned that cloud providers
do not appreciate the complexity of their legacy ICT estate and fear migration
may not be successful."

IT leaders believe cloud is the future

The survey found large proportions of respondents do believe in the business
transformation potential of cloud computing.Forty percent of respondents
agree that it will truly unlock their business' potential, and almost half
(49%) say the cloud could help them move into new markets.

The implication is that CIOs recognise the cloud could facilitate the close
alignment of business and IT strategies. This long-standing imperative remains
a key concern for the IT leaders surveyed, with over half (59%) of respondents
labelling it their number one priority. Enabling 'bring your own device'
(BYOD) and remote access to business applications are also driving interest in
the cloud, both stated as doing so by 46% of respondents.

Skendrovic continued, "The results show CIOs are looking for cloud solutions
suitable for the 'real world'.These solutions need to marry the old,
existing, legacy systems with new applications. If CIOs are to organise their
IT estates efficiently and to meet their cost and revenue objectives, getting
this marriage right will be critical.

"Each business has its own complexities but their CIOs need clouds which can
take that complexity and hide it behind the dashboard. CIOs expect
transparency in their systems and for the control to be taken by the provider.
For their part, cloud providers need to demonstrate they can virtualise and
industrialise a huge variety of IT platforms and services, and deliver them
all with total security."

Kate Hanaghan, Research Director at TechMarketView, added: "The survey results
absolutely confirm what we have been seeing in the market. Furthermore, the
savvy CIO's starting point is the line of business executives with the
ultimate question being: "How will investments we make in cloud-delivered
services help us reach our business goals more efficiently and more
effectively?" Buyers should be very wary of providers that are not able to
articulate the link between their services and the business benefits, because
moving to cloud services is not just a technology play. In addition, CIOs must
be absolutely convinced that their providers have the capabilities to help the
enterprise along its cloud journey. This is because the migration from
traditional delivery to a hybrid cloud set-up that is fully integrated with
the legacy estate can be hugely complex, and getting it wrong is not an

To download the report or obtain any further information about NTT please

About NTT Communications

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud
services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT)
environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company's
worldwide infrastructure, including leadingglobal tier-1 IP network, Arcstar
Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 150 countries, and over 140 secure
data centres. NTT Communications'solutions leverage the global resources of
NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

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