One of the key takeaways from our survey of 350 business and technology executives was that although businesses have a sophisticated understanding of the benefits of the cloud, plans for migration are in short supply. This dearth of strategy may have to do with how decisions about the cloud are made.
As you can see in the chart above, C-level executives have very different opinions on how these decisions are made. For instance, while 29% of CFOs say cloud decisions are made by an individual at headquarters, only 10% of CIOs say that. Furthermore, only 6% of the other C-level titles we surveyed agree with that statement.
30% of our total respondents said decisions are made by a centralized group or committee at headquarters. 40% of the other C-levels we surveyed agree, but only 20% of CFOs say that’s true.
The differing responses to this question are troubling—in order to have a successful cloud migration, companies should agree upon and have a clear decision-making process when it comes to cloud and managed services.