Accenture Finds that Vast Majority of Companies are Embracing the Journey to the Cloud but Alignment to Business Strategy Lags
Accenture’s “Cloud in the Boardroom” study found that although there’s a significant uptick in cloud adoption at the enterprise level, companies are missing the full benefit of their cloud adoptions by not factoring their IT implementations into their overall business strategy.
Accenture conducted an online survey, fielded between January and February of 2016, of 1,879 C-level executives of companies across 15 industries in 13 countries. Some key findings include:
- More than 95 percent of respondents have a five-year cloud strategy already in place, however only 38 percent have aligned these plans with overarching business goals.
- Four of five executives reported that less than half of their business functions are currently operated in public cloud, but noted increasing intent on moving more of their operations to the cloud in the coming years.
- 89 percent of respondents agree that implementing cloud strategies is a competitive advantage which allows their companies to leverage innovation through agility.
- While half of respondents cite security as their biggest concern with the public model, more than 80 percent believe public cloud security is more robust and transparent than what they’re able to provide in-house.
“Our research confirms that enterprise clients are overwhelmingly recognizing the value of a Cloud First agenda—leveraging the cloud to bring applications, infrastructure and business processes together and be delivered as-a-Service—as a driver of digital innovation, and they are upfront about the guidance they need in order to move even faster on their journey to the cloud,” said Jack Sepple, senior managing director, Accenture Cloud and Accenture Operations group technology officer. “By taking steps to align their cloud and business strategies and to involve IT more directly in cloud decision-making, companies will be better positioned on their journey to the cloud as the as-a-Service economy matures.”