82% of UK Businesses NotYet fully ready for move to the cloud.

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New research from Reconnix suggests lack of skilled IT workers holding back migration to laaS services.

Over four-fifths (82 per cent) of current UK IT leaders do not believe they are yet fully ready to move from traditional server and hosting environments to laaS providers due to a shortage of inhouse skills according to new research commissioned by Reconnix, the open source IT specialists. When asked if they were ready to migrate to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (laaS), only 10 per cent of the 100 IT decision makers surveyed believed they were, while only a further 8 per cent had already migrated or were in the process of migration.

Despite the relatively low rates of migration to laaS, 88 per cent of IT decision makers stated that moving applications from traditional server environments to the cloud was of top, high or medium priority, with only one-in-twenty stating it was not a priority at all. Only 7 per cent of respondents were confident that they could call on all the required skills to manage applications running in laaS environments from an in-house team. While over one-third (36 per cent) believed they had most skills in house, a combined 59 per cent had only some of the required skills, no skills or did not know.

These findings were reflected in planned laaS buying and management behaviour, with only 26 per cent planning to buy directly from the vendor. Nearly two-thirds admitted they would need some form of third party support, with 38 per cent engaging a third-party consultancy for total management, and 25 per cent planning a mixed model of in-house skills and consultancy services.

"There's a very clear desire for businesses to move applications away from traditional environments and towards Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers, however a lack of adequate skills seem to be holding back many IT departments from making this move," says Steve Nice, CTO, Reconnix. "It's natural for businesses to err on the side of caution, but this conservative approach can mean that many are missing out on the transformative benefits of the cloud.

"It's clearly a confidence issue, and the challenge is for IT departments to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves for inevitable change. By failing to take action now, they risk putting themselves at a technological disadvantage to competitors or being...

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