451 Research: Business Impact Brief
Digital transformation is a business imperative felt across companies in every industry and geography, and of every size, as both internal and customer-facing tasks become increasingly reliant on new technology, and organizations become increasingly reliant on web infrastructure in their operations. Cloud platforms are a key piece of that transformation – most companies surveyed by 451 Research indicate that cloud is the technology they expect to have the most transformative impact on their businesses in the next few years. This belief is held nearly as commonly by SMBs as by large enterprises.
Most companies expect the same benefits from cloud adoption – improvements to agility, performance, and availability – but public cloud doesn’t typically deliver these benefits by default without significantly refactoring the applications being deployed. Each of these objectives, along with cost and security requirements, pose engineering challenges in the increasingly complex public cloud. For SMBs, whose access to IT resources and advanced cloud platform expertise are comparatively limited, deploying applications into public cloud in ways that deliver the desired benefits may be out of reach.
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