The rapid adoption of cloud may be getting ahead of organizations’ ability to keep up.

The lockdown and remote working necessitated by the crisis were an unexpected reality check for organizations of all sizes. It also served as a dramatic reminder that businesses needed to be nimble to respond to sudden shifts in demand.

In the last two years, the cloud has emerged and proved to be a great enabler for businesses.

The blind spots and fragmented processes were digitized through the processing power of the cloud. Cloud allowed companies to adapt to that change more quickly. According to McKinsey, companies moved 24 times faster to the cloud citing benefits of of greater agility, improved cost efficiencies, increased flexibility and innovation.

The Future Forward IT Priorities Survey 2022 conducted in November last year had found that many companies were looking at cloud not only as a source of IT productivity improvement but also as a source of transformative value. Our study found that 39 percent of the companies will increase their spending on cloud solutions in 2022.

Early this week, ports-to-energy conglomerate Adani Group announced a multi-year partnership with Google Cloud. The partnership will help to modernise Adani’s IT operations for future scale and group-wide innovation.

However, is the rush to cloud computing outpacing organizations’ ability to adapt?

Storms Ahead?

As organizations continue on their cloud journeys, there will continue to be growing pains, according to a survey report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, underwritten by Splunk.

The report states that many IT organizations are having trouble keeping up with the rapidly evolving requirements of increased cloud adoption. Most respondents (84%) agree that the roles and responsibilities within their organization’s technology teams are rapidly evolving due to increased cloud adoption. More importantly, nearly two-thirds (62%) report that their organization is having difficulty keeping up with those shifting roles and responsibilities.

“Cloud can be quite quick and easy to adopt. But many IT organizations have found themselves strained in terms of providing IT support. Their biggest pain point has been supporting all the changes that have happened over the past two years and figuring out what has worked and what hasn’t,” the report states.

By adding more cloud providers and more applications, the complexity changes a lot. It also increases the complexity of how users share and protect data and ensure only the appropriate data goes from one environment to another.

While the rush to the cloud in 2020-21 was unprecedented, the other top concerns from the Harvard study include:

Finding the right talent to manage cloud 45%

Concerns around cybersecurity/data privacy concerns 44%

Integrating cloud services/data becoming difficult 34%

Lack of end-to-end visibility across the technology environment (in cloud and on-premises) 31%

Increased costs 24%

“The CIO in 2022 will need to better develop their plans around strategic concepts like price arbitrage, complexity management, lightweight innovation/pathfinding, integrated operations, disaster recovery, and vendor dependencies in a way they’ve never quite had to before,” states a blog piece by Dion Hinchcliffe, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research.

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By Ashwani Mishra

Ashwani Mishra is the Executive Editor at and In his previous role he was the Editor at The Economic Times ( and He has around 17 years of experience in the IT Media space, and has also worked in senior editorial positions at The CTO Forum (now CIO & Leader), and UBM (Network Computing).

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