Brazilian organizations still face challenges in cloud adoption

Lack of time, legacy systems and infrastructure issues are some of the blockers, says research

Despite admitting that cloud computing is a key enabler to business transformation, Brazilian IT decision markers are still facing challenges in the adoption of the technology.

This is one of the findings of the Digital Possible research carried by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT with chief information officers (CIOs) globally, including executives at 130 Brazilian organizations.

According to the research, only 14 percent of organizations in Brazil have described their IT environment as entirely cloud-centric, with infrastructure and applications all migrated to the Internet-based computing set-up.

Some 57 percent of the Brazilian executives polled have described their environment as predominantly cloud-centric, with more than half of its infrastructure and collocations portfolio running off-premise, while only 5 percent of the organizations surveyed are entirely on-premise.

Challenges hampering cloud adoption that were cited by the CIOs polled included lack of time to roll out a full cloud environment (mentioned by 51 percent of the Brazilian IT executives polled), legacy systems (48 percent), as well as lack of specific skills within the department (43 percent) and budget constraints (39 percent).

In addition, some 75 percent of the Brazilian organizations that took part in the survey said their current IT infrastructure has issues that hamper the adoption of new technologies.

But 45 percent of the Brazilian executives recognized that cloud is one of the most disruptive technologies for businesses at present and 32 percent perceive cloud-based IT set-ups as being more secure.

According to separate research by Frost & Sullivan, the Brazilian cloud computing market should see a jump in market revenues from $328.8m in 2013 to $1.1bn by 2017 as local organizations see the use of cloud as an effective way to reduce spending.

Despite the fact that the current recession as negatively impacted most IT vendors in Brazil, suppliers focused on cloud-based systems have managed to ride out the instability.

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