Our survey findings have shown us what business functions are moving to the cloud, how companies are measuring cloud success, and how companies choose cloud vendors. But what specific assets are moving to the cloud?
The short answer is a lot, and that will only increase over the next two years. Development, storage, and management have experienced the strongest cloud migration so far, as you can see in the chart below. (Click to enlarge)
Smaller companies will be much less likely to use cloud for data warehousing and application development in two years, but will be more likely to have proprietary applications in the cloud by then.
Next week, we will explore more applications that are moving to the cloud, including disaster recovery, supply chain, sales and service, and core business functions.
A key element of cloud migration strategy is deciding which applications are suitable for the move. Applications used for software development benefit from the cloud’s scalability, as developers often need significant computing power for short periods of time, while tools designed for collaboration, like email and web conferencing, benefit from the cloud’s anytime, anywhere availability.
Other applications, such as ERP, may present migration challenges, given their high availability requirements and the sensitive data they contain; regulations and security concerns may be a limiting factor.
And poorly designed applications won’t magically be fixed in the cloud. If they consume excess resources, they can end up costing more money than they did in a data center, so it’s important to run an evaluation to determine if legacy apps can take advantage of cloud opportunities.