2020 State of Multicloud Survey Reveals Key Takeaways for CIOs Tackling Digital Transformation

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turbonomic, the leader in Application Resource Management, today announced findings of the 2020 State of Multicloud, the industry’s leading survey of over 900 global IT professionals that examines the underlying dynamics fueling cloud-native, container, and multicloud adoption. The data highlights the technologies and behaviors of leading organizations, representing key learnings for CIOs leading the charge into the digital age.

Digital transformation is at the forefront of CIO’s priorities. For leading organizations, multicloud is about leveraging the right applications and services to differentiate their business. But as these organizations adopt multiple clouds, containers, and cloud native as part of their digital transformation, they face very real challenges. The survey found that cultural challenges due to new technology and operating models (57%) and complexity in managing hybrid/multicloud environments (55%) were the top barriers to achieving business goals. But there was a notable difference between leaders and laggards, indicating that culture must be tackled first.

The data also indicated another difference of perspective between leaders and laggards: leading organizations view application portability (37%) and developer speed (35%) as the primary drivers of containerization, while laggards tend to view the main driver as efficiency. Given the complexity in operationalizing container and cloud native initiatives, organizations that misunderstand the true benefits to their business risk missing out on those benefits entirely. With expectations of higher-value business benefits from these technology investments, leading organizations are moving along their container and cloud-native journey more aggressively than their peers.

“Digital transformation is not about cutting costs, but rather getting innovation to market faster,” says Tom Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer at Turbonomic. “The results of the survey indicate that CIOs leading this transformation have a critical role to play as executive sponsors: ensuring that multicloud adoption is about differentiating the business, establishing a culture of collaboration, and communicating the true business value of containers and cloud native to their organization.

Additional survey highlights include:

  • Microsoft Surges in 2020: Microsoft Azure took a significant lead in the survey, growing by 18% in the last year – 61% of respondents are using Azure.
  • Container Adoption Continues to Grow: Up from 62% in 2019, 75% of respondents are on their journey to containers and cloud native, ranging from exploring, pre-production, early production, advanced production, or platform-first. 39% of respondents are running containers in production.
  • Edge Computing Has a Promising Future: Nearly 50% of organizations are leveraging or planning to leverage edge computing in the next 18 months, but respondents also believe that the complexity of managing highly distributed services and data will be the primary barrier to adoption.
  • Managing Data is the Next Big Problem to Solve: In 2020, the ability for application components to be fully portable is the leading barrier to workloads moving freely across clouds and infrastructure.

Listen to the 2020 State of Multicloud Webinar to hear about the findings and how leading organizations are thinking through their multicloud strategies – learn more here. Download the Turbonomic 2020 State of Multicloud report here

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