Cloud used for growth and transformation

An Infosys report, the Infosys Cloud Radar 2023  highlights how cloud, used for growth and transformation, is three times more important to companies, than cloud used to cut costs.

The research comprehensively highlights the shift of cloud utilization from beyond storage and cutting costs to utilizing cloud to gain access to new technology and capabilities, enable new revenue streams and replace or update current systems.

It also indicates while companies will continue to invest in cloud, less than half of the committed spend is actually being utilized. While this does not indicate a near-term problem, companies that fail to meet their cloud contracts stand to face higher costs as cloud providers renegotiate contracts.

The Cloud Radar 2023, by the Infosys Knowledge Institute (IKI), a research arm of Infosys, surveyed over 2,500 respondents from companies across the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and the Nordic countries. Based on interviews with subject matter experts and global business leaders, the report highlights the new sophistication and complexity of cloud and the subsequent management challenges.

Next up, the challenges that were identified:

  • Cloud spending remains high: 67% of companies increased cloud spending this year, and 80% intend to raise their spending next year
  • Utilization: Only 47% of current cloud commitments are utilized, over $300 billion in corporate cloud commitments remain untapped
  • Cost is a headache: Roughly 50% of companies struggle to manage their cloud costs
  • Cloud is complex: Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) use three or four cloud vendors, a 75% increase over the proportion who used three or four providers in 2021. Over the past two years, the proportion of companies using a single cloud provider has decreased from 21% in 2021 to 7% in 2023
  • Companies unable to control cloud deployments: 43% of companies report having unclear policies regarding the department or function head authorized to deploy cloud resources
  • Cloud decisions are siloed: For nearly half (45%), either the IT department alone or business leaders alone decide which cloud technology to deploy or how to manage cloud compliance
  • Overall, cloud still matters: 73% agree that cloud migration achieves objectives, which drives further cloud interest and investment

The key insights from the Cloud Radar 2023 include three strategies of success:

  1. Master monitoring and prediction – Establishing guardrails for governance and costs is paramount as complexity of cloud grows with the addition of technologies such as generative AI, IoT, etc.
  2. Embed the business case into cloud – Forging a transparent, agile, collaborative relationship between IT and business helps drive accountability and improves RoI
  3. Adopt a value-centric cloud operating model – An updated operating model will enable teams to track value flow, create alignment, and encourage engagement around measurable goals.

Anant Adya, EVP – Infosys Cobalt, said, “As cloud continues to evolve, it’s imperative for organizations to integrate it as a strategic enabler for their growth and transformation. Leveraging multiple cloud providers allows organizations to optimize resources, improve resilience, and access specialized capabilities, which lead to improved efficiency and accelerated growth.

“Infosys’ annual Cloud Radar surveys continue to shed light on the ever-changing cloud services landscape and explain cloud adoption dynamics and investments. The report highlights the growing need for enterprises to address the evolving complexity of the cloud landscape and craft the right strategy to better utilize and manage cloud.”