Reports show that only a third of cloud migrations are being executed successfully
by June 18, 2019

Filed under: Industry Insights, Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

A recent Accenture survey of enterprise tech pros found that only one third of companies that have undergone cloud migration are reaping the expected results. The report, which received feedback from roughly 200 IT pros, emphasizes a “tale as old as time” about adopting any kind of new technology or workflow: Expectations can quickly get inflated when they aren’t rooted in reality.

The study looks at four categories to gauge satisfaction: Cost, speed, business enablement, and service levels. While the report paints a picture that might make it seem like teams are overselling the value of cloud to their enterprise decision makers, there’s really a different storyline here that aligns with what we’ve been saying for years.

Teams need to baseline performance before cloud migration to set reasonable expectations for ROI.

That story is the need for teams to be concerted in their approach to cloud migration, specifically by ensuring that teams have visibility across the entire network — from each end user and branch office to the corporate data center — before, during and after the new workflows have been put into place.

The biggest obstacles to successful cloud adoption highlighted in this report included security and compliance risks (65 percent), complexity of business and organizational change (55 percent), legacy infrastructure and application sprawl (43 percent), and a lack of cloud skills with the organization (42 percent).

This aligns closely with some of the results of our own recent survey of 400 IT pros, the 2019 State of Enterprise IT Report, which found that, by and large, enterprise IT is being stretched thin as they grapple with the rise of remote offices and workers, a bevy of new cloud and SaaS tools and a lack of familiarity with cloud environments when they retire legacy hardware.

According to the 2019 State of Enterprise IT report, some teams struggle when they retire legacy hardware for new network architectures.

Our findings showed that a lack of IT staff availability (25.6 percent) and lack of IT at the remote office (17.8 percent) were among the biggest challenges to network visibility that were hindering enterprise IT from doing their jobs effectively. This mirror’s the other report’s emphasis on organizational changes and legacy infrastructure being major roadblocks to cloud success.

A comprehensive network performance monitoring solution can bridge the gaps in visibility that come about when teams retire their legacy hardware, as well as help IT set realistic expectations for what enterprise decision makers can expect from the move to the cloud. This solution should be deployed accordingly:

  1. To baseline performance of the network before undergoing cloud migration. This includes highlighting problem areas and looking for cloud-based solutions to those specific problems, and setting realistic goals based upon current network usage and policies.
  2. To ensure employees aren’t impacted during cloud migration. This would involve actively and passively monitoring for issues proactively to get a handle on potential roadblocks before they impact end users — or at the very least have answers for disgruntled users when problems arise that are out of the control of centralized IT.
  3. Enforce policies and steer success once the network has been overhauled. Teams can monitor ongoing to identify where expectations aren’t being met and get to the root of the problem quickly. This will help teams get a better handle of their new network infrastructure and allow them to regain some control that they lost when they offloaded areas of the network to cloud environments.

Not every network performance monitoring solution is equipped to deliver this level of visibility at all stages of cloud migration, however. Only AppNeta evaluates the enterprise network through a 4-dimensional lens, collecting path, packet, web app and flow data to give a visual of the entire network end-to-end.

To learn more about our unique approach to performance monitoring, download our whitepaper, “The Four Dimensions of Network Monitoring,” today.