European enterprises falling behind in cloud adoption

Latest O’Reilly Media’s report “Evolving Data Infrastructure” reveals Europe’s progression on cloud adoption in comparison to its global counterparts.

According to O’Reilly’s report, companies in Europe are falling behind with global cloud development in comparison to the US and Asia, and have taken much more time to adopt the necessary tools needed for analytics and artificial intelligence.

The report was based on a survey of more than 3,200 organisations across the globe; 900 of which came from Western Europe, 1,400 from North America and 350 from Asia. Less than a quarter, 24%, of respondents considered their organisations to be “sophisticated” cloud users, sophisticated being defined as utilising cloud-based data infrastructure in production for more than four years, in comparison to 30% of respondents from North America.

A further 44% of Western Europe respondents identified themselves as “early adopters” i.e. respondents using cloud-based data infrastructure in production for one to three years. Whilst 32% are exploring options to use cloud-based data infrastructure and have yet to fully commit to them.

Despite Western Europe falling behind in regards to cloud adoption, the report remained optimistic that this will change in the future, emphasising that region is investing in improving the accessibility and usability of data, with 59% of organisations “building or evaluating solutions in data integration and extract, transform, load processes,” whilst a further 56% are actively working on data social platforms.

However “European progress in data infrastructure and analytics is being held back by skill shortages in several key areas,” stated O’Reilly in a press statement. The report revealed how 42% of respondents from Western Europe, announced there was a high demand for data science and data engineering (37%).

Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, said “Innovation needs a strong foundation. Years of delayed investment and a reliance on legacy infrastructures may be holding European organisations back in the global race to the cloud. Yet, whilst they have some way to go before they achieve parity with their counterparts, it’s positive to see so many investing in data.”

“A strong core of organised, clean and actionable data is crucial for any AI or analytics project. Provided companies become more competitive in attracting the best talent, 2019 may be the year that the continent turns a corner.”


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