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Public sector CIOs readier to move to ‘as a service’ clouds

David Bicknell Published 22 May 2017

Trustmarque poll shows 91% of UK CIOs surveyed want to migrate their on-premise apps to clouds within the next 3-5 years, with public sector CIOs ahead of the private sector in their desire to move


A survey by Trustmarque has revealed a greater desire for public sector CIOs to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure, platform and software “as a service” clouds than their private sector counterparts.

91% of UK CIOs and IT decision makers want to migrate their on-premise apps to clouds within the next three to five years, with almost half of them (48%) keen to move within this timeframe.  CIOs in the public sector appear the keener to migrate quickly, with 55% ready to move to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds against those in the private sector at around 40%.

The report, the second in a three-part series on the CIO in 2017, reveals key drivers behind cloud migration and a need for simpler app migration.

The report found that of the key business benefits from the surge in cloud app migration, the biggest one for almost two-thirds (61%) of CIOs is the cost savings to be made. This is closely followed by almost two-thirds (60%) of the survey group citing the advantage of scalability, with just over half (51%) saying improving their businesses ability to deliver projects and new requirements quicker is a key driver. Almost half (49%) reveal a desire to retire existing infrastructure with the need to add new features and updates more frequently (48%) also driving migration.

Trustmarque chief technology officer James Butler said, “Cloud-based models of IT delivery have a wide range of benefits that cannot be fully unlocked without transforming the architectural and IT organisation, which is never trivial. Simple lift and shift projects are not enough to do that and may struggle to achieve a good return on investment. These projects may create new technical debt and uncontrolled cloud sprawl that needs to be unpicked sooner rather than later. “

He continued, “It’s vital customers put in place both the underpinning foundations for the new controls and operating model that are common across clouds, along with a holistic strategy that covers new innovation as well as the pre-existing IT estate. With those in place they can safely build and deliver the application roadmaps to move to the cloud. There is no one-size-fits-all or silver bullet to cloud adoption and application migration.”

Butler said Trustmarque, now part of Capita, sees customers struggling with legacy application modernisation at the same time as investing in innovation, building microservices, using PaaS and exploring concepts such as serverless and immutable infrastructure.  He added that alongside the core technology, they have to change their information governance model and financial controls to ensure they can “safely unlock the value of cloud.”  He added that there is a need to simplify these and other key challenges that CIOs face in app migration.”

The research polled 200 UK CIOs and senior IT decision makers from large enterprises with over 1,000 employees.

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