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Unisys Survey: Organisations That Do Thorough ROI Analysis Before Starting Cloud Migration Are 44 Percent More Successful in Realising Expected Cost Savings
BLUE BELL, Pa, USA, Sep. 13, 2017/Medianet International-AsiaNet/ --

*   80 percent of respondents expected cost savings from the cloud
*   59 percent conducted a formal analysis of potential return on investment 
    (ROI) before starting cloud migration
*   82 percent of those who did an ROI analysis achieved expected savings
*   57 percent of those who skipped an ROI analysis met savings objectives

Organisations that conducted a thorough return on investment (ROI) analysis 
before embarking on their cloud migrations were 44 percent more successful in 
realising their cost-savings expectations than those that did not, according to 
a new Unisys Corporation [ ](NYSE: UIS) global survey.

Eighty (80) percent of respondents to the survey – conducted among 400 IT and 
business executives across eight countries – say that they had expected cost 
savings from adopting the cloud as a channel for accessing IT and business 
resources. Fifty-nine (59) percent of the respondents say that they conducted a 
formal ROI analysis before embarking on their cloud migrations. 

Eighty-two (82) percent of the respondents whose organisations conducted formal 
ROI analyses up front say that they realised the cost savings they expected. In 
contrast, 57 percent of those migrating without benefit of an ROI analysis say 
that they realized their cost savings expectations – a difference of 44 percent 
between the two groups.

The survey also demonstrates that engaging an expert third party to assist in 
cloud transformation boosts the likelihood of achieving desired objectives. 
Sixty-eight (68) percent of the respondents say that they contracted with a 
third party for cloud migration or management. Seventy-two (72) percent of 
those used the partner for cloud strategy and planning, and 79 percent of that 
group say that partnering with an outside expert enabled their organization to 
achieve expected cost savings. 

"Our research clearly shows that in cloud transformation, the old adage is 
true: 'Failing to plan is like planning to fail,'" said Paul Gleeson, vice 
president, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Unisys. "Migration offers a 
plethora of cloud options – private, public, hybrid, community and other 
combinations. However, those choices can create unforeseen complexities that 
can easily derail expectations. Those organisations that plan their cloud 
migration carefully, drawing on the expertise of established partners where it 
makes the most strategic sense, are the ones best positioned to realise 
operational, financial and competitive success from cloud transformation."

Workload Hosting Changes, Agreement on Benefits, Persistent Security Concerns
The respondents indicate that their organisations are rapidly migrating from 
traditional on-premises data centres to various types of clouds, and project 
how they expect the computing workload on each type of resource to evolve over 
the next two years. They indicate that use of traditional on-premises data 
centres will decrease from 43 percent now to 29 percent in 2019, while private 
cloud use will increase from 20 percent now up to 28 percent in two years. Over 
the same period, public cloud use will rise from 18 percent to 21 percent, 
hybrid cloud from 11 percent to 13 percent, and use of community cloud (a 
private cloud shared by multiple organisations with a common mission) will hold 
steady at 9 percent.

The respondents show widespread agreement on the benefits enterprises expect 
from the cloud. At least 94 percent cite improved disaster recovery/business 
continuity, agility and flexibility, more efficient storage, reduced capital 
costs and standardization of IT as being at least somewhat important. Improving 
agility – the capability to deploy IT resources nimbly in response to quickly 
changing business conditions and the factor most closely aligned to gaining 
competitive advantage – is the top driver overall, with 78 percent of 
respondents saying it is critical or very important. 

While the respondents clearly appreciate the tangible benefits of the cloud, 
they are also forthright in acknowledging its challenges. Many report 
encountering unexpected roadblocks, with 60 percent saying those impediments 
slowed their cloud migrations and 17 saying that the roadblocks brought their 
migrations to a standstill.

Forty-two (42) percent of respondents name concerns about security (ranging 
from identity and access management to micro-segmentation of data) and 
compliance as both the most common causes and potential results of slowdowns in 
cloud migration. Perhaps not coincidentally, 42 percent of respondents to a 
2016 Unisys survey [ 
] cited security as their biggest challenge in cloud management.

Unisys Migration Services Make the Difference
Based on extensive experience in designing cloud transformations and managing 
some of the world’s largest IT infrastructures, the proven Unisys Fast Track 
Assessment process helps clients start and accelerate migration projects. In a 
four- to six-week engagement, a team of expert Unisys consultants executes a 
four-phase process, including discovery of IT and business issues the cloud can 
best address; gap analysis of the current environment; development of strategy, 
business case, ROI analysis and architectural plan for the migration; and 
execution plan with road map and timeline aligned to business needs.

A recent Unisys ROI assessment accurately showed that a client could save 20 
percent in IT costs by moving operations from a private cloud to a public one 
secured by the award-winning Unisys Stealth(R)[ ] suite of 
security software. By leveraging existing in-house resources and pools of 
expertise along with Unisys experience and security expertise, clients can 
control implementation costs and emerge with the secure cloud environment they 
need to move their business forward. 

Click here [ ] for a microsite with 
more detail on the survey results – including a downloadable report and 
infographic – and here 
[ ] for more 
information on Unisys cloud and infrastructure transformation services.

About the Research
IDG Research [] surveyed 400 enterprise IT and 
business executives at the director level and above on behalf of Unisys in 
April and May 2017. The executives were affiliated with organisations of 1,000 
employees and above, with the responses divided geographically as follows:
*  100 in the United States;
*  75 in Europe (25 each in UK, Germany and France);
*  100 in Latin America (50 each in Brazil and Mexico);
*  125 in Asia Pacific (50 each in Australia and China, and 25 in Hong 

About Unisys
Unisys is a global information technology company that specialises in providing 
industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in 
the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings 
include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure 
services, application services and application and server software. For more 
information, visit

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Claire Hosegood, 
Unisys +61 411 253 663, []

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