Organisations rushing to adopt cloud solutions without a clear plan for ensuring their business needs are met could be storing up trouble for later on, according to new research from Easynet Global Services.
The managed network and hosted services provider quizzed 800 IT buyers in Europe and says it has uncovered a "disconnect" in thinking when planning the transition to cloud computing environments.
Reducing spend on IT was found to be a key consideration in the decision to move to cloud, while 55 per cent said they expected cost-cutting to be the most significant benefit.
However, few were thinking beyond this point, with under a third of respondents believing that they could accurately measure ROI in their cloud projects.
Easynet CTOP Justin Fielder said this suggested that there was clear potential for businesses to not realise the full benefits of moving to the cloud.
"Our study shows a worrying laissez-faire attitude attitude to investments; organisations clearly believe the cloud can deliver but our research shows they haven't understood the full implications," he said.
"Planned properly, with the right success criteria determined in advance the cloud can be an enabler of massive business transformation. CIOs should treat this like any other investment by asking the right questions [and] consulting widely across the business," he added.