• Service: Advisory, Management Consulting
  • Industry: Technology
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 2/5/2013

Tackling the practicalities 

Tackling the practicalities
The cloud takes shape indicates that some of the biggest challenges facing organizations adopting cloud relate to the implementation of cloud services. One third of all respondents said they had found costs related to implementation were higher than expected, while 31 percent indicated that the process of integrating existing IT architecture with new cloud services was creating challenges.

However, many respondents admitted that they do not have the right skills to match their cloud plans and ambitions. It was somewhat surprising, therefore, to find that a significant majority of respondents said that they rely primarily on in-house resources rather than external providers or consultants for their cloud implementations.

Understanding the reality of implementation and integration

Steven Salmon, Principal Advisor, KPMG in the UK, notes that the rise of cost and complexity as major cloud implementation challenges is inevitable, in part because of some common misconceptions and hype surrounding cloud.

Respondents also tended to underestimate the costs and complexity of integrating multiple cloud provider platforms and traditional systems into cohesive and interoperable business services that span functions across the organization.

“Implementation and integration challenges are critically important to overcome and can threaten both the ROI and business benefits of cloud.”

- Steven Salmon, KPMG in the UK

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