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TheInfoPro says

83 per cent of those surveyed said they encountered significant roadblocks with their cloud projects

Over the next two years the cloud computing sector will be characterised by “explosive growth,” but new projects will encounter an increasing number of non-IT roadblocks according to a study published today by TheInfoPro, the service arm of 451 Research.

The study was conducted in the first half of 2013 and based on more than 100 interviews with senior IT professionals globally.

Although private clouds still seem to dominate enterprise cloud-related procurement, cited in 35 per cent of all projects mentioned, the gap in spending on public and private cloud solutions seems to be narrowing; the firm says that spending on public cloud services has doubled to 30 per cent of projects mentioned in the survey this year.

But the firm added that the growth in cloud computing projects has also beckoned more resistance. A large majority of those surveyed (83 per cent) said they faced “significant roadblocks” when they moved to deploy their cloud initiatives, a nine per cent increase on 2012. Interestingly, though IT roadblocks have declined by 15 per cent, the study suggests that non-IT roadblocks – related to people, processes or politics – have increased to 68 per cent.

“As organizations are completing their transition to a virtualized datacentre infrastructure, their focus is switching rapidly to cloud computing projects,” said Peter Ffoulkes, research director for cloud computing at TheInfoPro.

“Despite this shift of attention and the associated growth opportunity, there are major roadblocks – for the most part, they are not technology related and fall within the domain of people, process, policy and organizational issues,” Ffoulkes said.

Ffoulkes says that these non-IT roadblocks are often complex and there’s little vendors can do to really address these.

The growth in non-IT roadblocks is quite interesting and may speak to the nature of cloud services and how they are procured by enterprises. It is increasingly becoming the case – particularly with software as a service – that demand for a cloud service often originates from a line of business directly rather than IT, which inevitably means that a broader group of personnel are brought into the fold as LoB leaders discuss whether or not to implement a cloud project. The flip side of this is that it has the potential to create new sources of resistance.

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