Study: cloud users still not planning for the future

The wide range of technology needed for IoT necessitates a plan, the report found, and after deciding on a technical solution that matches an organizational need, IT needs to fully explain the infrastructure needed to support that solution.

Jeff Rowe | Oct 03, 2017 12:00 am

While there’s been no shortage of discussion of the necessity to plan carefully before, among other things, moving IT systems to the cloud, it seems many organizations are still not quite following through.

Specifically, a new study by CompTIA that finds only 34 percent of businesses surveyed plan their IT infrastructure beyond one year. According to the study, the reasons for the delay include 

the disruption brought about by the migration to cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, both of which are seriously disruptive and can make long-term planning a challenge. Consequently, in the name of staying flexible to changes as they undergo a digital transformation, businesses are reluctant to plan beyond one year out. 

“The complexity of massive IT efforts is often addressed with equally complex planning strategies, and smaller businesses do not have the resources or the appetite for such heavy investments,” noted the introduction to the report, entitled "Planning a Modern IT Architecture.” 

Indeed, four in 10 companies surveyed said they lacked the budget for heavy investment in new architecture, and one-third said they don’t have the knowledge on emerging technologies and new trends to formulate an integration plan. At the same time, 36 percent of the respondents said enterprise architectural planning allows for better collaboration between IT and business units. 

“By connecting the construction of IT architecture to overall corporate objectives, both groups will be better informed about the options available and the tradeoffs involved when selecting devices, applications or operational models,” said Seth Robinson, senior director for technology analysis at CompTIA, in a statement. 

Despite the lack of preparation, the report noted that “very few companies say that the concepts involved are too difficult to implement. Every detail of a given framework may not be followed, but they are at least good starting points for establishing a path towards better collaboration and business value.”

When it comes specifically to cloud computing, the report found that “the top challenge for companies as they utilize cloud solutions is integration with existing systems. This challenge has grown over time, surpassing other early-stage difficulties such as the learning curve for the cloud model and difficulty in estimating cost. The lessons learned in the first years of the cloud era can ease some of the growing pains around education and initial migrations, but eventually companies want maximum efficiency from their IT setup, and the integration of evolving systems must be carefully engineered.”