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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Ruggles

Barriers to Cloud Adoption

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Many businesses are reluctant to deploy cloud-based services for their core mission-critical applications. Large and medium sized companies that have supporting IT organizations, have striven to increase vertical backward integration of core business processes. Businesses believe that they inherently gain more certainty, control and competitive advantage by directly owning the data critical to their line of business or supply chain.

Undermining this control for cost savings and time-to-market advantages is a fraught with a challenging cost-benefit analysis, IT insecurity and job wariness, internal business politics, and fear and uncertainty associated with any major change. The wholesale adoption of cloud-based services may reduce resource costs for businesses but cuts down operational effectiveness by bludgeoning control of business data and introducing new security, privacy, legal and in some cases, performance challenges.

Even with both the quantifiable and more subjective constraints, businesses cannot ignore the fact that significant time to market advantages and capital cost savings can be achieved through the selective use of cloud-based services. To use a concrete PaaS type of example, all it takes is an IT person with a credit card to get a farm of servers up and running and available for use. The setup, physical datacenter costs, maintenance and patching for the servers are all rolled into the monthly bill. In this sense we can talk about businesses being conservative with existing systems but aggressive in selecting cloud services that will provide some competitive cost and cycle advantages, either for partnership, new technology R&D or some new service their existing infrastructure cannot provide.

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