Lack of Cloud Management Continues to Drive Significant Waste of IT Resources: Aptum Study
Aptum, a global provider of Managed Services and Advisory & Consulting Services, today released part two of its annual Cloud Impact Study 2023 - Maximizing Value: Controlling Costs and Optimizing Cloud Spend. According to the study, 71% of IT professionals surveyed stated that cloud-related costs make up 30% or more of their total IT spend.
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According to Part 2 of Aptum's Cloud Impact Study 2023, 73% of organizations say their cloud investment has led to higher than expected IT costs. (Graphic: Business Wire)
The study involved 400 senior IT professionals from organizations with 250+ employees across the U.S., Canada, and UK. It explores the trends in cloud cost management and how these trends have evolved over time.
In today's challenging economic climate, organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the financial implications of their business operations. While the cloud has brought benefits such as flexibility, scalability, agility, and cost efficiency to organizations in recent years, there are still unforeseen costs. More than half (52%) of IT professionals admitted their organizations have wasted significant IT spend due to inefficiencies with cloud platforms and services.
In fact, 73% of IT respondents reported that their cloud investment has resulted in higher-than-expected IT costs within the last 12 months, marking a 28% increase compared to 2021 figures. Additionally, the majority (92%) of IT professionals stated that they are likely to conduct a full ROI (return-on-investment) analysis of cloud spending, a rise from 89% in 2022. But what is causing these increased costs?
The survey identified several factors, including poor planning, a lack of internal expertise, the acceleration of cloud adoption, and a lack of familiarity with complex cloud solutions. These challenges are considerably magnified when organizations implementa hybrid, multi-cloud strategy that incorporates both on-premises and public cloud services for different data services and workloads. Currently, 62% of respondents agree that a lack of internal expertise has prevented them from expediting cloud implementations. However, to mitigate these escalating costs, developing skills and knowledge in cloud strategy is crucial.
"Many organizations believe they are excelling in the cloud, but in reality, like flying in a cloud, they have to rely on instrumentation, which is usually inadequate to begin with, and piloting experience which takes time to develop," said Ian Rae, CEO & President at Aptum. "It isn't the cloud that is costly but the lack of observability and governance which hinder management and lead to cost overruns. This shortfall significantly hampers the ability to unlock the cloud's potential for enhancing operational efficiency while controlling costs."
The results demonstrate that organizations struggle to fully realize the value of their cloud spending as they expand their adoption of cloud services. The lack of a comprehensive, multi-cloud strategy poses a challenge for many IT leaders, preventing them from fully harnessing the transformative capabilities of the cloud.
But continued cost savings rely on a clear cloud investment strategy that focuses on visibility and control of costs - especially for those accelerating cloud investment and moving into more complex, multi- and hybrid cloud environments. FinOps principles are key to ensuring organizations are operating efficiently in the cloud:
To access the complete findings from part two of Aptum's Cloud Impact Study 2023, Maximizing Value: Controlling Costs and Optimizing Cloud Spend, download the report here: https://aptum.com/cloud-hub/2023-cis-part-2/.
Aptum is a global provider of Managed Services and Advisory & Consulting Services, enabling customers to control and optimize workloads across multiple public and private clouds. The company helps customers "Own your destiny in the cloud™" by solving complex technology challenges with comprehensive, outcome-based solutions. The Aptum approach is cloud platform-agnostic, empowering customers to improve performance and security of workloads; enable workload portability and optimization; and drive greater flexibility and agility while lowering costs; all with unified management and reporting which span North America, Latin America, UK, and Europe. Aptum is a portfolio company of DigitalBridge, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure. For more information, visit www.aptum.com.