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​Unisys Study Shows U.S. CIOs Leading the Charge to the Cloud

  • 72% say CIO is their organization’s primary driver of cloud migration
  • 63% say cost reduction is a key motivation for cloud adoption
  • 62% cite on-demand access to computing capacity as key cloud benefit
  • 67% see at least half of IT resources in the cloud by 2018
  • 42% cite security as the biggest challenge in cloud management

LONDON, UK August 1, 2016 – A recent survey of 200 U.S. IT and business executives by Unisys Corporation shows that CIOs are the C-suite executives most intensively advocating and driving migration of their organisations’ IT resources to the cloud. The study indicates that reducing costs and gaining faster access to computing capacity are the CIOs’ primary motivations. In addition, securing the cloud is the respondents’ primary management concern.

Seventy-two (72) percent of the survey respondents say that their organisations’ CIO is spearheading movement to the cloud. The respondents far less frequently cite the CEO (6 percent), board of directors (4 percent) and CFO (3 percent) as playing that role.

The following are the factors that respondents cite as the primary motivators for cloud migration:

  • Cost reduction/transforming capital expenses to operating expenses: 63 percent
  • Enabling computing capacity on demand: 62 percent
  • Freeing IT staff to perform more high-value work: 51 percent
  • Changing the perception of IT from cost centre to competitive advantage: 33 percent.

Steady Movement to Cloud, but Security Concerns Persist

The survey shows that the respondents’ organisations are moving steadily to realise the value they anticipate from the cloud: 67 percent see at least half of their IT resources in the cloud within the next two years, while 44 percent see more than 75 percent residing there within that time.

Forty-two (42) percent of survey respondents view security as the greatest cloud-management issue their organisations face. Their response shows that concern about adequate cloud security – which executives have expressed in many earlier studies – remains an issue more than a decade after cloud computing gained widespread recognition as a major platform for delivery of IT services.

To a lesser extent, the respondents foresee cloud management giving rise to operational challenges as well – especially lack of integration among multiple platforms (16 percent) and lack of cross-platform visibility (10 percent).

“This study shows that far-sighted CIOs have a clear view of the competitive, operational and economic benefits of cloud computing, and are taking energetic action to realise them for their organisations,” said Steve Nunn, vice president, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Unisys. “At the same time, those decision-makers are clear-eyed about the need to secure both existing IT and new cloud resources in order to protect vital business assets.”

Unisys delivers a range of cloud and infrastructure services that enable clients to transition their IT environment smoothly from hardware-heavy data centers to secure, software defined enterprises capitalizing on cloud-enabled solutions for their most crucial business computing tasks. Unisys Stealth® provides an extra layer of security for both public and private clouds, using identity-based micro-segmentation techniques and encryption to help organisations mitigate attacks and hacker incidents by rendering devices, data and end users undetectable on networks.

About the Research

Gatepoint Research conducted the survey in the United States on Unisys’ behalf in February and March, 2016. The results are based on responses from 203 IT and business executives.

Click here to learn more about the survey results.

About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specialises in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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