Secrets of the Cloud Leaders: Not Just Another Cloud Survey

Secrets of the Cloud Leaders: Not Just Another Cloud Survey

Melodye Mueller VP of Marketing & Strategic Alliances
Published: January 25, 2017
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This winter we launched a survey, Secrets of the Cloud Leaders. It was designed to uncover the differences between companies leveraging cloud computing in significant ways -- and having success -- versus organizations that haven’t quite “figured it out yet.”.

So you’re probably thinking…just what I need, another survey telling me “cloud is going to be really, really big.” That’s exactly what we tried to avoid. Stick with me for a few paragraphs, and I believe you’ll see how our survey is different. We wanted to provide very descriptive and actionable information that can help put you on a path to cloud success.

The goal of the survey was to identify key characteristics and common best practices in cloud trailblazers versus the rest of the pack. In other words, we were seeking to answer the question, “What makes a cloud leader successful?” We wanted to define the holy grail of tactics, processes, and approaches so we could develop a list of what separates the leaders. Interestingly, over the past twelve months our customers have been looking for this information, as well. They want to measure how they are doing in the cloud against best-in-class enterprises. In essence, they want a scorecard (a concept I’ll dig into more deeply in a future blog post).

The survey was taken by 388 senior management and executive respondents in IT, security and infrastructure operations. We focused on organizations with more than 500 employees across North America; in the heat map below, you can see the geographical distribution. What we found is that there is an enormous disparity between the top tier – companies we call “cloud leaders” (or trailblazers) -- and the rest of the pack.

At the onset, we didn’t approach this project knowing what defined a cloud leader. Our hope was that there would be a clear delineation in what the leaders were doing. We wanted to uncover those qualities to determine what made them different.

It’s worth noting that the demographic profile of cloud leaders is all over the map. There were no particular classifications, unique traits or industries that helped to formulate the overall profile of a trailblazer. The only thing that distinguishes them is the size of their organization: the median size for cloud leaders was 2500 employees – versus 4500 employees in the bottom tier. So, the good news is that anyone can be a cloud leader.

In my next blog, I’ll dive deeper into some of the key findings and characteristics of cloud leaders. In the interim, you can read through the survey results at Feedback is always welcome, so if you have particular questions or areas of interest, please feel free to get in touch: @melodye_mueller.

Meoldye Mueller
Melodye Mueller, VP of Marketing & Strategic Alliances

As VP of Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Melodye oversees global marketing and communications functions for the company, while supporting the success of its customers and partners. With more than 20+ years of experience leading marketing organizations in the cloud computing, managed services and telecommunications industries, Melodye is known for developing strong customer-centric programs, building teams and establishing market strategies that result in profitable growth. Prior to CloudHealth Technologies, she was Vice President of Marketing at NaviSite – a Time Warner Cable Company – and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Whaleback Systems. She has also held senior sales and marketing leadership positions at Lucent/AT&T and Agfa. Viewed as a mentor by those who work with her, Melodye is passionate about helping young employees develop new skills that build their career.

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