Unisys: CIOs Leading the Charge to the Cloud
A recent Unisys survey shows that chief information officers, above all others in the enterprise, are the primary drivers of cloud adoption.Unisys has released results of a recent survey that indicates that chief information officers (CIOs) are the key drivers in migrating enterprise IT resources to the cloud. The company surveyed 200 IT and business executives in the United States and 72 percent of them said the CIO is their organization’s primary driver of cloud migration. Others in the so-called C-suite rated much lower than the CIO. Only 6 percent of respondents said their organization’s CEO was the primary driver for cloud adoption, 4 percent said the organization’s board of directors was the key driver and 3 percent said their chief financial officer was leading their move to the cloud. Ironically, though, survey respondents cited cost savings and gaining faster access to computing capacity as their main reasons for moving to the cloud. Sixty-three percent of respondents cited cost reduction as their key motivation for cloud adoption and 62 percent cited on demand access. Additionally, 44 percent said their move to the cloud was prompted by needing to replace end-of-life technology. When asked which cloud platforms they used, 46 percent of respondents said they used Microsoft Azure and 42 percent said they were using Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet, 21 percent said they had not yet moved to the cloud.
For its part, Microsoft technology was also the predominant systems management solution amongst survey respondents. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they use Microsoft Systems Center for IT systems management, more than double the number using the next-most-popular platform, HP OpenView, at 22 percent.