Are you putting the cloud first?


70% of CIOs will embrace a cloud first strategy in 2016. That is an impressive figure but it does beg the question; why are so many choosing not to embrace this now? The answer is unsurprising in that security and data privacy cause the most concern for any IT Department. With the increase of BYOD business strategies, the ability to control and protect sensitive data becomes more and more tricky. Add to this the complexity of transitioning legacy apps and you have a headache many wish to avoid.

The first step in realising the potential of a cloud first strategy is in that initial embrace. It is here that most CIOs begin having the conversations that open their eyes to the increased security and privacy benefits. There is no better way to strengthen your strategy than to validate with peers in the same situation or even those further along in the journey. The infographic below demonstrates a clear shift in opinion from CIOs before and after adopting a cloud platform. It is not simply cost savings that please the business, although this is prevalent in most CFOs minds when looking at any IT overheads.

Are you putting the cloud first?

What challenges are you facing as you make your journey to a cloud first model? Find out more on the Microsoft cloud strategy here and share your stories via @MSFTBusinessUK.