What are the biggest challenges enterprises face when moving to the cloud?

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CISO in Banking, 10,001+ employees
From my perspective its lack of skilled and knowledge able resources to be able to refactor the existing and legacy application for the cloud environment.
Director of IT in Manufacturing, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
budget allocation, security & competency
Director of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
How to estimate and project the cloud cost and how to optimize it.
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VP, Modernization in IT Services, 10,001+ employees

If you have your current CMDB CIs mapped to Apps, estimation of like-for-like TCO in cloud is usually a straight forward exercise. On top of that, one has to add a fixed cost for certain Foundations elements. As the cloud adoption scales, this fixed cost diminishes as a % of cloud TCO.

Chief Technology Officer in Software, 11 - 50 employees
The main challenges we faced were:
- Estimating Costs
- Managing Security
- Training 
CTO in Healthcare and Biotech, 2 - 10 employees
Finding the dev ops skill to tackle things like security, availability, monitoring, at a cost that is minimized based on your ingress, egress, and storage. 
vp information technology in Consumer Goods, 51 - 200 employees
1. Application architecture is not "cloud-ready". Apps need to abstracted from infrastructure and have circuit breakers to eliminate internal dependencies.
2. Operations skills necessary to manage cloud based workloads on metered infrastructure.
3. Owning increased and more complex security requirements.
4. Dynamic data management to reduce copies of data - to manage cloud storage costs
Director of Engineering in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Migrating legacy code without refactoring becomes very complex, and even counter productive at times. Hence it is essential to have good cloud architects who can drive this adoption. Then of course there is always a confusion on which cloud provider to move to, how do you manage security, etc
CTO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Migration, security, Integration tools and cost.
Senior Director, Defense Programs in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
One is understanding Microsoft product licensing impacts by infrastructure choice.

Another is understanding their role in shared responsibilities, for instance scope 2 emissions caused by compute choices or security & compliance items.

Data & skills gravity.

Many more…
Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
Understanding how much it will cost.

There is a perception that moving to the cloud is ‘always’ cheaper. But that is far from the truth.

Moving to the cloud is ‘often’ cheaper. But depending on usage, workloads, etc., it can in fact be much more expensive. And for those firms that didn’t consider the costs, it is a rude awakening.

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Limited environment/Infrastructure resources32%

Inability to quickly identify the root cause of CI/CD pipeline failures45%

Lack of standardized CI/CD pipeline templates across the organization54%

Integrating security tools - inefficient security implementation leading to false positives38%

Poor communication across business and product teams/coordination challenges26%

Cost/resource management26%

Implementation of CI/CD into on-going projects and workflows22%

Internal resistance: training issues, culture, etc.14%

Inefficient implementation of CI/CD due to lack of expertise, poor training, etc.19%

Poorly written unit and acceptance testing9%



We are not doing regression testing10%

25% manual, 75% automated50%

50% manual, 50% automated27%

100% manual, 0% automated8%

Don't know2%


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