Moving your information technology operations to the cloud offers a host of advantages. Rather than having to purchase and maintain your own computing power, you can rely on the cloud provider to keep everything running smooth and fast for you. But migrating operations to the cloud can be a lot trickier than it would seem at first glance, and more than fifty percent of all such migration projects end up running past their scheduled end date. And over their initial budget as well, as the delays and unexpected obstacles turn into additional costs.
More than sixty percent of surveyed IT professionals reported finding their cloud migration efforts ended up being significantly more complicated than they’d first expected. Roughly the same percentage said their migrations took much longer than they’d allowed for, and only slightly fewer also found the migration blew past their budget for the task.
Some of the specific problems that contributed to the overruns included inadequate skills and expertise as they tried to manage the transition. Concerns with security issues and insufficient allocated resources were also cited as problems that impacted the cloud migrations. Another factor is that many cloud migrations are choosing to go with multiple cloud vendors, to spread their operations across different providers for security or reliability reasons.