September 27, 2016

Accenture Finds that Vast Majority of Companies Are Embracing the Journey to the Cloud but Alignment to Business Strategy Lags

Survey of nearly 1,900 executives in 13 countries Tracks Boardroom Perspectives on Cloud Implementation in the as-a-Service Economy

NEW YORK; Sept. 27, 2016 – According to research from Accenture (NYSE:ACN) released today, although there’s a significant uptick in cloud adoption at the enterprise level, companies are missing the full benefit of their cloud adoptions by not factoring their IT implementations into their overall business strategy. The “Cloud in the Boardroom” study of nearly 1,900 c-suite executives across the world, found that while more than 95 percent of respondents have a five-year cloud strategy already in place, only 38 percent have aligned these plans with overarching business goals.

The survey also revealed enormous potential for hybrid and public cloud growth across all 15 surveyed industries, with four of five executives reporting that less than half of their business functions are currently operated in public cloud, but noted increasing intent on moving more of their operations to the cloud in the coming years.

“Our research confirms that enterprise clients are overwhelmingly recognizing the value of a Cloud First agenda – leveraging the cloud to bring applications, infrastructure and business processes together and be delivered as-a-Service – as a driver of digital innovation, and they are upfront about the guidance they need in order to move even faster on their journey to the cloud,” said Jack Sepple, senior managing director, Accenture Cloud and Accenture Operations group technology officer. “By taking steps to align their cloud and business strategies and to involve IT more directly in cloud decision-making, companies will be better positioned on their journey to the cloud as the as-a-Service economy matures.”

C-Suite Moving Past Outdated Objections to Cloud Migration
The study found that executives are more informed about the benefits of public and hybrid cloud implementations, shunning dated opposition and doubts.

While half of respondents cite security as their biggest concern with the public model, more than 80 percent believe public cloud security is more robust and transparent than what they’re able to provide in-house. Similarly, 80 percent say they are no longer worried about compliance and regulatory issues. With an overwhelming majority, 89 percent, now agreeing that implementing cloud strategies is a competitive advantage which allows their companies to leverage innovation through agility.

C-Suite Must Provide Training in Order to Include IT in Cloud Decision-Making
The research also revealed a perceived shortage in cloud competencies and emerging skill-gaps within the enterprise IT functions that must be addressed to increase cloud decision-making capacity for enterprise IT to truly lead in the as-a-Service economy.

Nearly four of five executives reported that the IT function of their businesses may lack the necessary skills to be involved in as-a-Service purchases, despite an overwhelming consensus (88 percent) that IT should participate in these transactions. To help bridge this gap, 92 percent of organizations have or are planning to establish a formal IT service broker role.

Accenture conducted an online survey, fielded between January and February of 2016, of 1,879 C-level executives of companies across 15 industries in 13 countries.

For more information on the 2016 Accenture Cloud in the Boardroom Survey, please visit

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

Accenture is a leader in helping organizations move to the cloud to take advantage of a new era of service delivery and flexibility, where applications, infrastructure and business processes are brought together and delivered As-a-Service. Accenture’s Cloud First agenda offers comprehensive, industry-focused cloud services including strategy, implementation, migration and managed services, and assets including the Accenture Cloud Platform that can drive broader transformational programs for clients. Accenture has worked on over 20,000 cloud computing projects for clients, including three-quarters of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 31,000 professionals trained in cloud computing.

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