|[November 14, 2012]
IT Process Institute Announces Results of Private Cloud Study
EUGENE, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
The IT Process Institute (ITPI) today announced the results of a
research study that identifies the greatest predictors of success for
private and hybrid IaaS cloud projects.
More than $40 billion will be spent on cloud services in 2012,
accounting for about a third of IT budgets, according to IDC,
percent of IT projects fail. ITPI's independent, vendor-neutral
study, Private and Hybrid Cloud IAAS Project Success Factors,
helps IT decision makers learn from the success of more than 143
participating enterprise organizations that deployed a private cloud. In
the study, ITPI cross-correlated factors that impact cloud project
"IT departments are racing to get in front of their users' demand for
quick, easy and low cost provisioning through cloud services," said Kurt
Milne, Managing Director of the ITPI. "The study reports on success
factors that are unique to top performers. We were surprised to find
that top performers don't focus on cost reduction or operational
efficiency, but on higher level concerns like agility and scalability."
The study found that including users before, during and after deployment
was a strong predictor of success. IT departments need to solicit and
build solutions around user requirements. Secondly, while IT departments
want to leverage existing on-premise data centers, top performers were
more likely to deploy a hybrid approach and start workloads externally
and then bring them on premise for production. The "external first"
strategy is an effective compromise between the need for business
agility and the need for cloud security.
"IT departments aren't accustomed to building products that compete with
user-oriented services, such as Azure or Amazon Web Services (News - Alert)," said
Milne. "The more successful cloud deployments build cloud services
specific to user needs, even bringing in a product manager to help drive
The report focuses on six attributes of cloud deployments including how
enterprises typically measure the success of their cloud projects, the
top challenges and where organizations should focus their proof of
Pricing and availability
The report explains what is working at top-performing IT organizations
and how IT organizations can improve their cloud project success. A free
white paper, "Private Cloud Secrets of Success," that summarizes key
findings of the report, is available for download at http://www.itpi.org/white-papers/.
The full research report is available for $395 at www.itpi.org.
About the IT Process Institute
The IT Process Institute is an independent research organization that
provides information for IT decision makers that seek the highest levels
of organizational performance. Its mission is to advance IT management
science through independent research, benchmarking, and the development
of prescriptive guidance. ITPI enables data driven decision making which
is grounded in the study of top performers and the practices that make
them different. The firm's shared research model is a cost effective
addition to best practice frameworks and analyst services.
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