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Australian and New Zealand enterprises are global leaders in cloud adoption, with many having implemented cloud programs across all or most functions, and with goals to be fully integrated and cloud-first, according to a new survey from Indian outsourcing firm Infosys.

According to the survey of 196 Australian and New Zealand organisations — part of a global study — 58% of ANZ enterprises are implementing cloud programs, compared to the US (54%) and Europe (41%).

Infosys says cloud initiatives have seen tremendous uptake across local enterprises as they recognise that building a strong cloud computing platform is a “key enabler for accelerating their digital transformation journey” - with cloud making it possible for enterprises to build agile core infrastructure to enable bolder visions and “accelerate their digital transformation journey, therefore delivering more rewarding experiences to clients”.

The report — Navigate your digital transformation with cloud — also found that:

  • Pathfinders: Enterprises that have taken the initial step to implement cloud programs in end user productivity functions but are yet to fully extend the cloud across other functions.
    o Australia and New Zealand (14%), US (18%), Europe (25%)
  • Defenders: Enterprises that are aware of the advantages of cloud but are yet to fully appreciate how it can propel their organisation. These enterprises seldom take a holistic approach and remain satisfied with incremental benefits across business functions.
    o Australia and New Zealand (20%), US (20%), Europe (15%)
  • Aspirants: Enterprises that predominantly remain tactical with a desire to move only parts of their applications landscape to the cloud. They are furthest away from becoming a cloud-first organisation with their narrow approach to the cloud.
    o Australia and New Zealand (8%), US (9%), Europe (19%)

Infosys says Australian and New Zealand enterprises have always been eager to adopt new technology trends compared to the US and Europe local enterprises are embracing public cloud more than other surveyed markets, with 64% reporting having 25-50% of workloads in a public cloud environment compared with the US (51%) and the UK (46%).

And Infosys says this highlight the region's confidence in using existing infrastructure to execute their cloud strategies.

Infosys notes that the report also found that the cloud is well entrenched in Australian and New Zealand enterprises, with 96% of respondents to the survey stating they have implemented a company-wide cloud strategy, leading the US (93%) and the UK (95%).

“Although with legacy systems still present in most enterprises, it's no surprise that aligning legacy systems (63%) is stated as a top challenge for local enterprises compared to the global average of 59%.

“As local enterprises continue to lead global markets in cloud programs handling legacy systems will continue to be a key challenge and will require significant investment to work out how to migrate workloads to the cloud,” Infosys said.

According to Infosys, to better mitigate the legacy challenges, local enterprises are turning to consultants, IT service providers, and cloud solution providers as components of cloud implementation, “leaning on their experience rather than formulating strategies from within” – and with a significant 63% of enterprises saying that external consultants are involved in formulating the technology roadmap for cloud programs.

Australian and New Zealand business leaders also said that major drivers for cloud adoption were evolving end-customer needs (55%), reduced costs (54%) and on-demand scaling (52%).

Emerging tech & opportunities, competitive activity and partner ecosystems also influenced decisions, said Infosys, noting that when respondents were asked about the strategic outcomes they expect to derive through cloud adoption, reduced time to market (55%), enhanced mobility (55%) & collaboration and experience (52%) are top outcomes “desired & also having high immediate focus”.

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