Top 5 Challenges in cloud innovation

Published on 28 Aug 2020

Based on a global survey of 800 CIOs, this report examines the challenges organizations face as they strive to keep pace with the demand for ever-faster digital innovation. Modern organizations succeed or fail based on how rapidly they can innovate in the new enterprise cloud. 

However, the pace of change has accelerated beyond what anyone had ever imagined even a few years ago. Whereas organizations once delivered quarterly or even annual innovations, the end-users and consumers of today’s digital services expect a constant cycle of ‘new’ – ramping up the pressure on IT to deliver the latest and greatest with increasing regularity. Amazon is widely reported to release a new software update every second; setting the bar exceptionally high for those striving to keep up. 

Challenge One: The World Keeps Getting Faster

Today’s digital businesses thrive on change, forcing them to pursue an endless cycle of innovation. Constant updates to applications and systems to create new experiences for end users and customers has become the new normal. As new innovations are delivered, our appetite for more just gets bigger. As a result, enterprises today require a new era of software intelligence, backed by AI, to ensure they succeed in the cloud and remain competitive

Challenge Two: Customer Experience is Put at Risk

The departments face mounting pressure to increase the speed of innovation, all the while their hybrid cloud environments are becoming more complex. Compounding this situation is the fact that IT resources remain unchanged. Consequently, CIOs worry that deadlines and user expectations take precedence over quality testing and performance assurance.

Challenge Three: Mastering the Cloud and Microservices is Hard Work

Migrating services to hybrid multi-cloud environments has long been recognized as the surest way of achieving the agility needed to accelerate innovation. More recently, businesses have taken a step further and begun re-engineering applications into dynamic microservices and containers to achieve even greater agility and speed. However, these cloud-native architectures and dynamic, distributed environments require a new, all-in-one approach to how we build and deliver software to the end use

Key challenges that organizations face when moving services to the cloud 

  • Ensuring that application performance is not negatively impacted by the move to the cloud Identifying whether moving an application to the cloud has delivered on the desired benefits
  • Understanding whether an application is well-suited to the cloud
  • Re-architecting legacy applications for the cloud
  • Ensuring the user experience is not impacted during the migration process

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