Nine out of ten IT leaders rely upon assistance from service providers for cloud migrations, according to a survey by RapidScale, provider of a managed cloud platform.

 “The Cloud Migration Reality Check” found that 90% of respondents felt that they underestimated the complexity of cloud migrations, though about half (47% ) expect “improved application performance and operational efficiency” from the move.

The survey identified significant problems. Sixty-eight percent reported that less than half of their IT environments had been migrated to the cloud and 35% reported stalled cloud initiatives. Forty-three percent said delays revolved around concerns about data and IT security (43 percent).

“RapidScale plays a pivotal role in providing expertise across a spectrum of services, from application modernization to cloud infrastructure design, simplifying IT and unleashing innovation for businesses,” vice president and general manager Duane Barnes said in a prepared statement. “Organizations that leverage expertise and resources offered by proficient partners like RapidScale can mitigate risks and capitalize on the potential that the cloud can deliver.”

Other findings in the report, which was based on a survey of 500 IT decision-makers in North America:

  • The complexity of the migration process is causing 31% of applications to underperform.
  • About 40% experienced unexpected costs for supporting both on-premises and cloud operations and cloud sprawl. More than one-third of respondents found that manually working on cloud issues led to unforeseen expenses.
  • Ninety-seven percent faced talent tradeoffs, with more than half pulling talent off projects to work on cloud issues and 46% delaying or canceling projects due to changes in cloud strategy.
  • Almost all said they prefer working with service providers specializing in application development/modernization, cloud infrastructure design and deployment, and database migration or application refactoring. Fifty-nine percent favor app modernization partners and 54 percent opt for cloud infrastructure partners.

In February, Capgemini said telcos will invest an average of $1 billion in the cloud during the next three to five years. The driver will be the ongoing migration to the cloud, the report found.

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