New Zealand not making the most of cloud, says Unisys

Unisys releases Cloud Success Barometer
  • Stuart Corner (Computerworld New Zealand)
  • 14 November, 2019 11:37

Fifty-eight per cent of New Zealand organisations that participated in a 13 country survey by Unisys say they have failed to realise notable benefits from cloud computing, largely because they have not integrated their migration plan into their broader business transformation strategy.

Of the 13 countries surveyed, New Zealand organisations emerged as those least likely to report improvement in organisational effectiveness as a result of cloud computing.

The findings come from the Unisys Cloud Success Barometer, a survey of 1000 senior IT and business leaders; 88 were from New Zealand.

Unisys gauged respondents’ attitudes on a wide range of cloud performance issues and created a barometer based on their feedback, with a scale from zero to 100, based on how well cloud expectations are being met across business, competitive and IT benefits.

New Zealand scored 40, the second lowest of the 13 countries surveyed (Chile and Singapore both scored 39) and well below the global average of 49.

Singapore’s low ranking might be due to the survey’s finding that “Business leaders in Singapore have the highest expectations of any country surveyed, potentially explaining why business leaders are less satisfied following transition [to the cloud].”

The survey also found 55 percent of New Zealand organisations for which cloud is a core part of their business strategy likely to say organisational effectiveness had changed for the better, compared to only 25 percent of those who said cloud was a minor part of their strategy.

New Zealand organisations reported the highest use of legacy systems, estimating 20 percent of their IT environment resided on legacy systems or mainframes; and 31 percent in on-premise data centres; and the lowest use of private cloud. They estimated 27 percent of their IT resided in private cloud.

However, New Zealand was well ahead of the pack in multicloud usage: with 61 percent of respondents, compared to 28 percent across all 13 countries saying they used multiple clouds.

Fifty five percent of respondents said data was more secure in the cloud than in-house, and security was cited as both the top benefit and greatest challenge for moving data, applications or processes to the cloud.

Leon Sayers, Regional Consulting Lead, Unisys Asia Pacific noted that there are no local instances of the major global public cloud providers in New Zealand, and said this made security a significant concern, particularly for government.