Cloud computing-based strategies are in demand, with a new survey reporting more IT leaders plan to use cloud computing for their enterprise applications next year. With this shift, managed service providers (MSPs) need to be ready to face the challenges that go along with cloud-first strategies as they help their clients grow.
Cloud Computing Needs
According to CIO, a Bitglass survey revealed the majority of chief information officers plan to use cloud computing-based enterprise applications in 2016.
The survey was based off responses from IT leaders who attended the Gartner Symposium IT Expo last month. The findings showed that half of respondents reported cost savings in 2015 due to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. The drawback to the positive news, however, was the associated security challenges. In response to this issue, 87 percent of IT leaders expect to beef up their security spending by next year, and 77 percent plan to increase cloud security budgets for mobile and cloud computing-based services.
The survey also noted that 34 percent of IT leaders expect to increase their cloud security spending by more than 20 percent next year. The biggest cloud security challenges of 2016 will be controlling downloads, evaluating cloud provider security, external sharing and shadow IT. The report also explained that IT leaders are realizing shadow IT is not the result of an employee’s bad will toward the employer, but rather a response to inadequate IT solutions.
MSP Cloud Strategy
Clients often task their MSPs with creating cloud computing strategies that align IT with business needs. The first step in this process is to identify the workloads best suited for the cloud. Then, MSPs can help their clients identify the cloud computing services that will help the company realize optimal benefits from its cloud investment.
A cloud strategy roadmap is the key to ensuring everything runs smoothly during implementation. Cloud optimization opens the door to more privacy and security and can also help companies quickly integrate existing and new services and data. Finally, cloud strategies give clients better control and management over their data and apps. In the end, MSPs are effectively collaborating with their clients to help the organizations deliver new services, improve security, enter new markets and grow their business.
Cloud computing-based strategies are in demand as more IT leaders aim to increase productivity within their organizations. Challenges such as security are still top-of-mind, but demand for SaaS solutions will continue to grow, and MSPs should be ready to meet their clients’ needs.
By Marissa Tejada