Irish enterprises to spend an average of €564K on cloud and digital services in 2021

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  • Survey reveals 86% of businesses intend to move more applications and workloads to the cloud
  • 61% to invest and increase usage in digital transformation technologies
  • Only 17% feel their organisation’s digital transformation strategy is enabling business success
  • 46% will look to invest in 5G capabilities, while a third plan to invest in AI
  • Organisations expect to increase cloud usage by one-third in 2021
  • Barriers to increased cloud adoption include security concerns (60%), lack of in-house skills (40%), and compliancy and regulatory concerns (31%)

Athlone, 26th April 2021: A survey carried out by Sidero – Ireland’s software, cloud, and digital transformation specialist – has shown Irish enterprises expect to spend an average of €564,000on cloud and digital services, technologies and investments in 2021.

Furthermore, the new survey* of 119 IT decision makers across the island of Ireland revealed 86% intend to move more applications and workloads to the cloud, as work-from-home models are likely to become more permanent. The full results and analysis are available as part of a new report from Sidero called ‘2021 Insights: The Future of Work is Agile’.

The new research reveals that 46% of IT leaders believe their digital transformation strategy is just adequate or a work in progress, while only 17% feel their organisation’s strategy is enabling business success.

61% of businesses in Ireland plan to invest and increase usage in digital transformation technologies this year. 46% are seeking to increase automation, while the same number will look to invest in the application of 5G capabilities and technologies. A third plan to invest in both artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The survey also found that organisations expect to increase cloud usage by one-third in 2021, and just over half (52%)plan to increase their usage of cloud-native applications.

However, there are perceived obstacles to increased cloud adoption. 60% of businesses are concerned about security, 40% cite a lack of in-house digital skills as a barrier, and 31% have compliancy and regulatory concerns. More than a third (35%) of IT decision makers admitted that their current cloud strategy is outdated, or they have no strategy at all.

Carmel Owens, CEO, Sidero says: “We have seen an unprecedented acceleration in the race to digital transformation in the past year. Almost overnight, businesses of all sizes had to innovate and adapt to a new way of working, and the shift to remote work-models and in turn, increased usage of cloud-based services, is set to ramp up in earnest this year.

“As with any fundamental change, there are barriers to digital innovation on this scale, with business leaders concerned about security, regulation, and the ever-present IT skills gap in their organisations.

“In order to keep up with the rate of change, Irish businesses must continue to innovate and invest in their digital futures. It’s clear from our findings that the majority of organisations in Ireland are not entirely satisfied with their cloud and digital transformation strategies, but it’s encouraging to see that there’s an appetite there to address this.”

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