New paper highlights cloud leaders

TrailblazerThinkPiece

This week we’re rolling out our final think piece which focuses on the habits and practices of those farthest ahead on the path to value—Trailblazers, as we call them. Trailblazers, who make up 14% of our survey respondents, have significantly higher profit margins and revenues than the rest of the respondents.

Trailblazers have a strategic, forward-thinking approach when it comes to cloud migration. They are significantly more likely to have a migration plan in place (58% vs. 26% of the total), and they leave decision making to a centralized group or committee at the regional or local level. They’re also far more concerned about data security in the cloud; to that end, they are significantly more likely to have SLAs in place and conduct internal audits of cloud services.

The path to value can be a tricky one, but following in the footsteps of Trailblazers is a good starting point for cloud migrations. Click here for the Trailblazer think piece.

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New paper highlights importance of cloud security

WindstreamSecurityThinkPiece

This week we released a think piece focusing on the importance of cloud security. And with another big breach in the news—this time possibly involving iCloud—the topic is as timely as ever. No surprise, then, that 76% of our 350 survey respondents said that security concerns influence their migration strategies.

This is especially true of healthcare companies. 87% of respondents from that industry said data security was a top migration concern. But despite this emphasis, we found that many firms may not be pursuing their security agendas when choosing a cloud vendor. Only 4% of respondents said meeting a minimum threshold of security was their most important quality when choosing a cloud services provider.

It’s important for companies to remember that cloud security is a two-way street—providers must have security measures in place, but those are useless without internal protocols and processes.

Read the full think piece here