Investment in private or public only cloud solutions is set to stagnate as Australian organisations favour a hybrid approach.
Microsoft recently conducted a survey of 1200 IT leaders across Asia-Pacific, including Australia. It found that 40% of Australian organisations are already using or starting to use hybrid cloud solutions. This number is expected to increase to 49% within the next 12 to 18 months.
But private cloud still dominates today: 43% of respondents said they were using private cloud exclusively while only 17% said they were using purely public cloud solutions.
"The study showed that respondents are not likely to increase their investments in private or public only cloud solutions, reinforcing the demand for a more integrated, hybrid approach," Microsoft said.
Other findings from the survey include:
- How IT leaders spend their time: 53% of their time is spent on maintenance, compliance and operational issues; 24% on developing next generation digital capabilities; and 23% of their time working with business leadership on digital transformation initiatives.
- The lack of skilled workers remains a concern for IT leaders. The top three skills respondents were on the hunt for were security (63%), data analytics (58%) and cloud app management (50%).
- 67% of respondents said there needs to be more investment in IT security solutions and services. 62% said there is a need to reduce complexity of managing the increasing portfolio of IT security solutions and services.
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