Highlights:

  • The number one reason firms use AWS is to boost the speed and agility of launching applications, according to 59% of respondents.
  • Among those that operate more than 80% of their workloads on AWS, 79% intend to increase their reliance on cloud-managed services over the course of the following year.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds are increasingly being used to advocate for cloud modernization.

Nonetheless, the rare skillset and cloud platform knowledge needed to create, grow, and optimize AWS environments has made it difficult for several organizations to reach their cloud goals or do so fast and affordably as they’d want.

According to a recent report from 451 Research (a division of S&P Market Intelligence) commissioned by Mission Cloud Services, 68% of organizations using AWS report plan to depend more on cloud-managed or professional services over the next one year to fill the necessary gaps in AWS expertise.

950 AWS-using enterprises in North America participated in this survey.

The report emphasizes how important AWS is as a cloud service provider to the success of many companies. The number one reason firms use AWS is to boost the speed and agility of launching applications, according to 59% of respondents.

Other important criteria include the wide range of cloud services offered by AWS (a motivating factor for 48% of enterprises employing AWS), the number of supported regions and availability zones (44%), and AWS’ utility pricing model (41%).

But when it comes to the AWS issues that businesses seek outside AWS knowledge and assistance, 41% of respondents noted cloud performance optimization and cost, 39% said creating cloud-native apps, and 38% mentioned having trouble migrating from legacy infrastructure to AWS.

Other cloud modernization objectives that probably won’t slow down, like building data lakes and launching AI (Artificial Intelligence)/ML (Machine Learning) projects on AWS, were also mentioned as obstacles.

Surprisingly, the survey reveals that businesses considering themselves competent customers of Amazon Web Services are more motivated to rely on managed and professional cloud services.

Among those that operate more than 80% of their workloads on AWS, 79% intend to increase their reliance on cloud-managed services over the course of the following year.

The same enthusiasm can be seen among respondents who identify as “technology early adopters,” with 79 percent of them planning to increase their reliance on outside AWS assistance.