2020 Cloud survey: Key takeaways

The ITP Technology Division annual cloud survey reveals that the Middle East region continues to embrace the cloud while security and cloud migration remain top barriers to adoption

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The ITP Technology Division recently conducted the biggest cloud survey in the region (sponsored by Ingram Micro and NetApp) to gain insights into the market sentiment behind cloud technology, taking into account both driving factors and barriers to adoption. Our 2020 Cloud Survey deep dives into cloud to understand the challenges and benefits of adoption as digitisation initiatives gain traction across the region.

The survey questioned professionals across a broad cross-section of verticals about their adoption of cloud infrastructure, level of investment and key business drivers for cloud migration. The majority of the participants (92%) in the study comprised of IT professionals and decision-makers from large- and medium-sized companies.

Respondents spanned across a broad range of industries including retail/wholesale distribution, professional services, manufacturing, financial services, education, healthcare, telecom and government.

The survey results provide insights into global trends and widespread inclination in the cloud computing marketplace. The principal aim of the study was to identify and understand major cloud initiatives, both from strategic as well as implementation perspectives.

Cloud adoption enables business continuity, IT efficiency and reduces operational costs. The benefits are undeniable, and survey results indicate that a vast majority of organisations in the region have already adopted cloud-first strategies. However, challenges with data security, cloud migration and cost management remain common pain points.

The 2020 cloud survey results show that the Middle East region continues to embrace the cloud, with only 6% of surveyed enterprises found not to be using any cloud environment.  This is countered by a significant rise (49%) in the number of organisations that are either continually increasing the use of cloud-based applications or are in various stages of adoption.

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Top findings from the report include:

  • Top priorities in the cloud are selection of the right cloud providers, managing cloud deployments and optimising cost.
  • Security and cloud migration as top concerns among cloud users
  • Forty-five per cent of respondents indicate a lack of understanding of the ROI of cloud investments.
  • The top three public cloud providers for enterprises remain Azure, AWS and Google.

This acceleration in cloud adoption is supported by localised data centres in the Middle East by major players including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Oracle and IBM over the past year. More recently, Google Cloud Platform also launched its first region in the Middle East.

Data localisation has been a significant factor in driving regional enterprises to prioritise cloud in their business strategies and budget decisions. The usage of hybrid cloud currently stands at 33%, which indicates regional enterprises’ general acceptance of hybrid cloud as the ideal operating model for their businesses.

The report represents the information we gathered and insights we developed from our enterprise respondents. A detailed version of the survey findings is available here.

Stay tuned for a detailed analysis of this survey.

Source: ITP Media Group, Technology Division | Annual Cloud Survey | April 2020 | 597 respondents

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