Everything you need to know to make your cloud adoption a success

Posted on 17 Dec 2019 by Jonny Williamson

More and more companies are turning to cloud to optimise operations, increase productivity and deliver better customer experiences. But what does it take to deliver a successful, and sustainable, journey into cloud?

Nearly 42% of British companies have now adopted some form of enterprise-level cloud service, compared to an average of just 26% in EU nations, according to research from Eurostat.

British adoption has risen by almost 20% over the past five years, compared to just 7% across EU nations during the same period.

CROP - cloud adoption Smart factory and industry 4.0 and connected production robots exchanging data with internet of things (IoT) with cloud computing technology - image courtesy of Depositphotos.

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The most common use cases today are for email and file storage; however, almost a quarter of businesses are using the power offered by cloud computing platforms to run their own enterprise software applications – largely related to customer information management.

More and more businesses are looking to leverage cloud’s flexible, on-demand solution to IT resources, but almost all are struggling with the what, the who, the why and the how.

The Manufacturer has partnered with cloud specialist Rackspace to produce a range of content that answers each of those questions, and more. 

Is the way your business views IT holding back its growth ambitions?

Successful organisations view IT not as a standalone department, but as a capability that, if leveraged effectively, offers them a long-term competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

“The previous methods or approaches that may have enabled your business to survive or grow are becoming obsolete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, let alone tomorrow’s, and will likely inhibit growth within your business,”

Dave Hills, client director at cloud specialist Rackspace

Click here if 80% of your IT resource is being used to maintain a legacy estate, rather than building value for your business


What’s stopping your IT teams from becoming enablers of significant business improvements?

This discussion covers:

  • The key barriers stopping IT teams from innovating
  • How to adopt an adaptive, digitally-driven culture that is more agile and open to embracing change
  • How to foster a positive mindset and environment where it’s okay to fail and try new things
  • The additional value and new revenue streams IT can bring to an organisation

Click here for more information

What a does typical journey into the cloud look like and what should businesses focus on first?

Why organisations struggle with cloud adoption?

A successful cloud adoption requires only a handful of key ingredients, addressing each of which mitigates much of the risk involved.

Yet most cloud strategies are missing at least one of these factors, with many just paying lip service to the rest.

“The majority of businesses embark on a cloud journey without considering the overarching objective, the tooling necessary, or the policies and governance required to manage this successfully,”

Paul Norton, solutions director at cloud specialist Rackspace

Click here to discover what success looks like


Six factors for a successful cloud adoption

What businesses need is a clear and simply definition for each of the six success factors, as well as some valuable tips on sustaining momentum over the long-term.

Click here for exactly that

Don’t let the cost savings cloud offers distract you from the broader benefits

The majority of cloud migrations are built around reducing overheads, an approach that overlooks the less tangible – but no less vital – competitive advantages the cloud provides.

“Bottom-line savings are important, but they aren’t going to sustain an organisation indefinitely. That only comes from top-line growth delivered through product development, diversification, entering new markets and increased business agility,”

Dave Hills, client director at cloud specialist Rackspace

Could a cloud migration disrupt your operation? Absolutely!

Transitioning your enterprise applications to the cloud may carry a risk but simply ignoring the benefits cloud offers will only result in IT continuing to take large bites out of your operating budget each year.

“The key to a successful migration is planning and stringent testing supported by very comprehensive back-out strategies. You can’t over plan these events, particularly when it comes to mission critical, ‘heart and lungs’, applications,”

Paul Norton, solution director at cloud specialist Rackspace

Click here to discover how your business can mitigate the risk

? How to gain board-level approval for a cloud adoption, and what particular business areas are ideal candidates for migration

If you would like any further information regarding this topic, please feel free to email Shelley Wright of Rackspace – [email protected]