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Due to ever-changing technological, economic and industry challenges, businesses are constantly having to adapt. There is an increasing focus on reducing business costs and complexity, as well as increased agility and innovation.

Modernising workloads by migrating to the cloud is an important digital transformation process, which provides security and flexibility. Cloud infrastructure and capabilities allow companies to work efficiently and provide the best service to their customers. Microsoft surveyed 1200 IT decision makers and found many key cloud adoption trends.

Cloud adoption planning

Over half (62 percent) of companies surveyed have a migration and modernisation strategy. Their key priorities are reducing business costs, future-proofing business strategy, and driving revenue up.

Additionally, Microsoft expects ROI considerations to be the main driving factor behind cloud initiatives for implementation – either optimising existing cloud workloads or migrating additional workloads.

Microsoft expects companies will plan to move over to the cloud in the near future. Of the surveyed companies, those with more than half of their workloads in the cloud will rise from 27 percent to 47 percent over the next 18 months. Microsoft also found that organisations with a cloud migration and modernisation strategy are 58 percent more likely to be ‘cloud-only’ three years from now.

Modernisation is key to digital transformation

82 percent of surveyed companies agreed that cloud migration is a stepping stone towards digital transformation. Modernisation involves changing existing applications and workloads to take advantage of cloud-native technologies.  74 percent of migrated workloads are already candidates for modernisation, which would speed up the product innovation cycle and personalise end-user experiences.

Hybrid and multi-cloud interoperability and integration

As companies move to multi-cloud plans, cross-cloud management and interoperability is highly valued from their cloud provider. Companies value investment flexibility and cloud capabilities, as 71 percent continue implementing a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy.

Due to multi-cloud integration challenges, legacy backend integration and refactoring existing applications, support from a dedicated migration/modernisation team ranked highest on customer wish lists. Post-migration support, access to engineering resources, and help with technical training were also highly valued.

Migrate and modernise your workloads in Azure

These were just a few of the key findings of modern cloud adoption trends. Get in touch with our Azure experts to find out how cloud technologies can work for your business.