Most Russian companies ready to migrate to cloud

Nov 28, 2019
  • SberCloud and NAFI do Russia’s first study on corporate readiness to migrate to cloud
  • 69% of big Russian companies say clouds are essential to any company’s development
  • Top 5 drivers to introduce cloud solutions: organizations’ lower current expenses, streamlined interactions among departments, improved data analysis time, more resources to solve strategic tasks, quicker decision-making

November 28, 2019, Moscow — As much as 77% of big Russian companies are ready to migrate to cloud solutions and 36% are fully ready to do that, according to a first-of-a-kind integrated study by SberCloud and NAFI research center called “Relevance of Cloud Technology for Russian Business”. The study was carried out by aggregating data in structured interviews over the phone and online. As many as 582 representatives of SMEs and large business were polled. The field and geography of the SME sample reflects the structure of the general sample, thus making it representative. The big business category features the key industries of the economy.

Among small and medium-sized enterprises, 42% of respondents said they are ready to migrate to cloud solutions, while 19% of small enterprises and 8% of medium-sized companies declared their full readiness. Only 3% of large business representatives said they were not ready to use cloud technologies at all. With medium and small businesses, the metric stood at 9% and 17%, respectively.

The study proved that the size of an organization affects how cloud services would be used. Big businesses consider clouds as the go-to solution when solving business problems in 38% of cases and as one of the possible options in 29% of cases. As much as 5% of large companies already carry out all their projects using cloud technologies.

As for small business, three percent of companies carry out all projects using cloud technologies, 20% consider cloud as one of the possible solutions, and 17% see it as the solution they’d prefer. Medium-sized businesses are more conservative: only 1% of companies have migrated to cloud technologies completely and only 4% consider them as their number one option.

Big business ready to invest in cloud technology more often

According to the study, in the next two to three years, businesses are going to keep their cloud spending flat or increase it. This is something 48% of big companies, 28% of small companies, and 20% of mid-sized companies are willing to do.

The Top 5 drivers behind the introduction of cloud technologies include organizations’ lower current expenses (35%, 13% and 20% of big, medium and small businesses, respectively, said that), streamlined interactions among departments (32%, 27%, 24%), improved data analysis time (21%, 14%, 32%), more resources to solve strategic tasks (21%, 20%, 10%) and quicker decision-making (23%, 9%, 16%).

The key barriers to cloud migration are still cybersecurity fears (50%, 40%, 36%), small IT budgets (33%, 32%, 26%), the need to restructure business processes (26%, 35%, 17%), and unpreparedness of senior managers (20%, 19%, 16%).

According to businesses, the areas where cloud solutions can be used include finance and payments processing, creation of new products, risk management and compliance, security, procurement, management reporting and analytics, and staff management.

In general, Russian businesses now believe that the introduction of cloud technology is an inevitable development path for any company. Among representatives of large and small businesses, the vast majority of respondents think that (69% and 79%, respectively).