More than Half of Cloud Services Used at only a Basic or Intermediate Level

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99% of IT professionals believe cloud services are essential to the success of their business. Nevertheless, performance concerns remain evident. To identify common drivers and obstacles impacting organizations undergoing cloud transformation, Aptum, the global hybrid multi-cloud and managed service provider, released part one of its four-part Cloud Impact Study, titled Bridging the Cloud Transformation Gap.

The initial findings, focusing on overall planning and migration efforts, reveal the main business drivers behind cloud adoption. Survey respondents cited the following reasons:

Increase efficiency (72%)
Increase business agility (56%)
Increase security (51%)
Business continuity (48%)
Increased profitability (39%)
As the cloud remains a top priority for businesses, it’s evident most organizations are still early in their journey. Key data points to support this include:

71% have experienced negative effects due to the rate of cloud transformation; 33% cite IT expenditures as the leading cause
69% of organizations want to accelerate their cloud deployments but admit they need expertise and help
62% cite complexity and abundance of choice as a hindrance when choosing their cloud strategy
41% consider themselves on par or lagging competitors in terms of cloud services
“Cloud is critical to long-term sustainability, with the rewards and business drivers becoming increasingly apparent,” states Craig Tavares, Global Head of Cloud at Aptum. “The results demonstrate businesses understand this, yet the barriers are impeding businesses from reaching their goals. Enterprises can reap the full benefits of cloud technologies by partnering with cloud service providers who can remove the additional hassle while also allowing business leaders to focus on what they do best.”

The results call for business leaders to evaluate whether their current cloud deployments are fully utilized. If they are not, they should consider appropriate cloud service providers to support business growth and resilience. To see the full findings, please download the report here.

Aptum’s Cloud Impact Study was created from the opinions of 400 senior IT professionals in the US, Canada and UK across industries in financial services, IT, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, public and commercial sectors. Future reports will focus on Security and Compliance, Costs and Budgets, and Modernization Opportunities.

About Aptum Technologies
Aptum Technologies enables customers to unlock the potential of their data infrastructure to drive tangible business outcomes and maximize the value of their technology investments. Aptum’s Data Center, Cloud, Hosting and Global Network solutions, underpinned with expert Managed and Professional Services, offer genuine choice and adaptability combined with international reach spanning North America, Latin America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Aptum is a portfolio company of Digital Colony, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure. For more information, visit

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