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Across the globe, IT professionals are getting to know cloud technology—not only its benefits, but the barriers to implementation as well. In Brazil, IT professionals overwhelmingly agree that cloud technology increases infrastructure flexibility and agility, according to December 2015 research from SolarWinds.
Respondents were asked to choose their top five leading benefits of adopting cloud technologies. In addition to increasing infrastructure flexability, cost reduction was another leading benefit. Almost three-quarters of IT professionals in Brazil said so. Other benefits included more service options that scale, the fact that cloud technology relieves internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of at least some infrastructure and the ease of updating and deploying new code for faster software fixes.
All companies need a strong focus on infrastructure, of course, but at small companies, where there might be fewer people to handle that area, being relieved of some duties is always helpful. The survey also found that nearly one in five small businesses surveyed say they are very likely to move their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud; another 22% said they are somewhat likely to do so. Compare this to all businesses surveyed, where just 9% said they are very likely to do so.
Given that fact, it’s important to understand barriers that IT professionals might encounter when adopting cloud technologies, especially at small businesses.
Small businesses are concerned with security and compliance with the cloud, and over half of them don’t even get that far—60% of those surveyed say they are worried about convincing business decision-makers of the need and benefit of moving to the cloud.
Interestingly, nearly 50% say they’re concerned about the work required to move existing infrastructure, which presents a sort of impasse for IT professionals in Brazil—while moving to the cloud would ultimately alleviate day-to-day work for IT departments, the move itself would take a perhaps untenable amount of work.
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