The cloud comes with plenty of promises of improved productivity for fewer costs. But those dreams aren't realized half as often if the deployment and management is bad to begin with, based on a new report published by Oracle on Tuesday.
According to the report, dubbed "Cloud for Business Managers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," more than half (54 percent) of businesses included in the global survey admitted that their companies have experienced downtimes over the last six months due to cloud application integration problems.
Furthermore, 54 percent of these respondents added that project deadlines were missed at the same time due to similar problems around the lack of application integration.
Operational siloes were pinpointed by researchers as a major hindrance to the effectiveness of cloud-based applications.
Approximately 83 percent of businesses said they were "prevented from getting the best out of their departmental cloud applications."
One in two respondents (53 percent) also pointed toward a lack of integration as a problem. Legacy infrastructures continue to be a hurdle as 36 percent said they couldn't integrate new cloud apps with software already owned by their companies.
The silver lining, according to the report, is that at least the vast majority of these companies have acknowledged the need for smoother integrations to actually achieve the promises of cloud computing.
The pitfall there is that nearly half them reiterated that current departmental business apps still prevent this from happening.
For reference, Oracle commissioned independent market research consultancy firm Dynamic Markets to conduct the survey.
The report is based upon 1,355 responses from companies with revenues of $65 million or more in the following markets: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Nordics, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The full report is available online to download now.