Much of the talk in the enterprise technology field has been centered on the cloud the past several years. Cloud computing has been dubbed the next generation of computing, providing flexibility and cost reductions to its adopters.
Still, with all the hype surrounding the technology, knowledge and cloud-related skills are lacking, according to a new poll conducted by KPMG Sourcing Advisory, a division of business services provider KPMG.
For the survey, IT service providers and advisers rated their clients' chief information officers in several areas on a scale of one to five. KPMG Sourcing Advisory found many executives aren't well equipped to ensure cloud computing deployments and usage are successful.
According to one research, the results may be caused by the fact that cloud adoption remains in its infancy.
"It's not so much that buyers are not skilled at cloud computing capabilities," said Stan Lepeak, director of KPMG Sourcing Advisory Global Research, "but that they have not had much real-world practice at utilizing them, or that there is not enough relevant, real-world data available from providers to do meaningful business case assessments."
Respondents gave their lowest scores in the area of managing and governing cloud initiatives, which could include the use of cloud security, according to the report. Advisers gave their customers and average score of 1.69, while providers were more generous at 2.19.
The highest score from providers – at 2.81 – came in the area of customers' understanding of how the cloud can complement existing systems. Advisers gave customers a 2.03 in this section.
Cloud security continues to be a major roadblock to adoption for many organizations. According to a poll from TheInfoPro, 13 percent cited security as a top concern, but 52 percent highlighted the change and learning that goes with the technology.