Industries split on cloud migration concerns

As you can see in the chart below, the majority of the 350 business and technology executives we surveyed list security as the top concern influencing their cloud migration strategies.

To what extent do concerns about the following influence your migration strategies? Rate on a scale of 1–5, where 1 = Not at all and 5 = To a great extent. (Top 2-box scores) Click to enlargeWindstreamQ22The industries we surveyed—healthcare, government/education, retail, professional services, and financial services—each listed data security as a top concern. But there were meaningful variations by industry.

Respondents from the healthcare industry are far more concerned about data security—87%—likely due to the large amount of sensitive data handled on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile, the government/education industry is much less concerned about cost than the total group (38% vs. 49% of the total). Retail, on the other hand, named cost as their second biggest concern after data security—61%.

Professional services firms are significantly more concerned than the total when it comes to platform compatibility. That concern comes second with 61%, vs. 52% of the total. Financial services, another industry with large amounts of sensitive data, placed outsized concern on privacy—63%.

While security consistently ranks as a top concern and barrier to cloud adoption, industries have a variety of specific concerns to address on their path to value.

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