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The Reality of Enterprise Cloud Migration in 2013


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A comprehensive study of the attitudes and intentions of UK IT senior decision makers in large private and public sector organisations reveals a maturity of thinking about the migration of enterprise applications to the cloud. To read the full report go to

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The Reality of Enterprise Cloud Migration in 2013

  1. 1. 1 confidential and restricted The Reality of Enterprise Cloud Migration in the UK
  2. 2. 2 confidential and restricted The Reality of Enterprise Cloud Migration in the UK
  3. 3. 3 confidential and restricted Executive Summary: Cloud Is The New Normal The end of 2014 will be a pivotal moment for the enterprise cloud. Cloud has already been embraced by medium and large enterprises across the UK private and public sectors as IT and business needs align. Cloud-ready applications have been purchased and are now an everyday part of the contemporary IT estate. Mission-critical and non-mission critical data centre applications alike continue to be migrated to the cloud as the benefits of agility competiveness, productivity and, particularly, cost-effectiveness are appreciated. Despite this, concerns still remain about issues such as security and control. The next 18 months will see large mission-critical applications pushed out of their in-house data centre nests and migrated to the cloud. As 2015 dawns, for the majority, the cloud will be the new normal for enterprise IT.
  4. 4. 4 confidential and restricted The ERP Landscape 55% of large UK organisations use SAP 44% of large UK organisations use Oracle 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% SAP Oracle Microsoft IBM Other 84% of large organisations surveyed used some form of ERP, but there is effectively a duopoly of supply.
  5. 5. 5 confidential and restricted Organisations with SAP deploy more cloud technology 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% SAP users All organisations SAP users are more advanced in their cloud strategy, with 89% of them utilising cloud technology, as opposed to 77% of organisations overall.
  6. 6. 6 confidential and restricted Applications being considered mission critical 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% SQL Databases ERP Accounting and finance Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing Customer relationship management (CRM) ERP sits at the hub of the three main applications considered mission-critical, with the other two, SQL Databases and Accounting and Finance applications, both being inextricably linked to the former.
  7. 7. 7 confidential and restricted Critical application trends ERP systems ranked number one most critical application by more respondents than any other. 91% of those utilising SAP with their SQL Databases considered ERP to be mission critical. 46 % of SAP users put ERP at the top of their list.
  8. 8. 8 confidential and restricted Concerns when moving mission critical applications to the cloud 72% 60% 54% Cloud security Risk to business Loss of application control 48% of SAP users were ‘highly concerned’ over migrating critical applications, as opposed to just 26% for other ERP users. Cloud security, risk to business and loss of application control were the most widely cited worries.
  9. 9. 9 confidential and restricted Business benefits of mission-critical application cloud migration 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Greater company agility Greater company competitiveness Greater company productivity Despite some trepidation in considering mission-critical application migration, increased agility, competiveness and productivity were the most commonly selected business benefits.
  10. 10. 10 confidential and restricted Technology benefits of mission-critical application cloud migration 51% 52% 53% 54% 55% 56% 57% 58% 59% 60% IT budget savings Freed-up IT staff time to deliver a true internal IT service provider service The top technology benefits cited were the IT budget savings and greater staff capacity.
  11. 11. 11 confidential and restricted Business objectives that IT Supports 55% 56% 57% 58% 59% 60% 61% 62% 63% 64% 65% Greater company agility Greater company competitiveness Greater company productivity Across large organisations, SAP users selected a greater average number of benefits than the users of different ERP systems and those without them – indicating that, while the risks might be of greater concern for SAP migration, SAP users also perceive more benefits.
  12. 12. 12 confidential and restricted Migration plans for ERP systems to the cloud Already fully migrated 14% Migrate in the next year 31% Migrate within the next two years 27% Migrate in more than two years' time 11% Will never migrate 17% There is evidence that change is on the horizon, with 69% of organisation having plans to migrate within an average of 15 months.
  13. 13. 13 confidential and restricted Field Fisher Waterhouse: A Case Study Virtustream virtualised FFW’s entire IT estate using its innovative Micro VM (µVM™) technology In addition, Virtustream deployed a fully managed and secure hybrid cloud, allowing FFW to benefit from the advantages of Micro VM (µVM™) and on-demand computing, both in their own environment and in the Virtustream managed public cloud
  14. 14. 14 confidential and restricted Percentage of IT budget saved by mission-critical application cloud migration 14 16.95% Perhaps the greatest factor that has persuaded so many to plan for application migration to the cloud is the potential savings. Of the sample of IT senior decision makers surveyed, the average savings were 16.95% of the entire IT budget IT Budget
  15. 15. 15 confidential and restricted Cloud savings: Investment plans 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Cloud technology Virtualisation A BYOD programme Big Data Mobile working The positive minority that do plan to invest IT budget savings listed cloud technology and virtualisation as their primary investment targets
  16. 16. 16 confidential and restricted Methodology The survey was conducted amongst 100 medium and large organisation IT senior decision makers where 50% have 500-3000 employees, whilst the remaining half employ over 3000 70% were private sector organisations There were made up of those in the financial services (17%), business and professional services (18%), retail distribution and transport (17%) and other commercial sectors (18%) that includes manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, education and utilities organisations. The other 30% serve the public sector Larger organisations form the majority in the private sector sample with 46% vs. 54% The reverse is true in the public sphere with 60% vs 40% 16
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