Mar 18, 2021

Study finds IT leaders moving systems to the cloud

Tilly Kenyon
3 min
A study from Lemongrass has found that IT leaders are moving business systems to the cloud despite challenges as the benefits are too good to pass up
A study from Lemongrass has found that IT leaders are moving business systems to the cloud despite challenges as the benefits are too good to pass up...

Technological innovations have meant cloud computing has become a popular and efficient way to handle your data. Companies are migrating to the cloud from legacy systems, despite concerns about cost and complexity.

That’s the suggestion from a survey by Lemongrass of more than 150 IT leaders from companies with an annual IT budget of at least $1 million.

Respondents cited reasons for migrating to the cloud such as securing data and to save money despite concerns about challenges including having the right skills in-house and sufficient planning. 

The survey performed by Upwave, covered the goals and challenges of enterprise IT leaders who have moved legacy systems onto cloud infrastructure. Participants were from all major industries, with the majority (43 per cent) working for technology companies. 

The Findings

In response to the survey 77 per cent of IT leaders said their primary motivation for migrating legacy systems to cloud infrastructure was either a desire to secure data, save money or maintain data access. Among other top reasons was to optimize storage and to accelerate digital transformation.  

Data security is an important issue to all IT leaders, and 59 per cent said that security and compliance was the top challenge facing enterprises when moving legacy systems to the cloud. The research also found that additional issues respondents faced were that the cost was too high and there was a lack of in-house skills. 

In regards to costs 69 per cent of the respondents said that the average cost for legacy to cloud migration was between $100,000 and $250,000, and 57 per cent stated that it was extremely rare for the project to come in under budget. 

Once legacy systems were then running on the cloud Lemongrass found peoples top challenges using the infrastructure were problems training end users, security issues not being sufficiently dealt with and cloud platforms not doing as expected.

Lessons Learned

The survey found that the top three lessons learnt when migrating to cloud were: 

  1. Allowing for sufficient time (54 per cent)
  2. Dedicating adequate resources, financial and people (52 per cent)
  3. Ensuring you have the correct skills/people in-house (52 per cent)

The top three lessons learned when running legacy systems on cloud infrastructure were:

  1. Allowing for enough time to manage the application (53 per cent)
  2. Ensuring you have the correct skills/people in-house (52 per cent)
  3. Ensuring you achieve the outline business goals (46 per cent)

“The survey findings are very consistent with feedback we receive from our customers,” said Vince Lubsey, CTO at Lemongrass. “Enterprises are anxious to reap the benefits of moving legacy systems to the cloud. They understand there are challenges but the benefits far outweigh the obstacles. The key to success is following best practices, proper training and time management. It also helps to have the guidance of an experienced partner to create the required cloud operating model.”

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Jul 22, 2021

Airbiquity and Cyngn make any warehouse vehicle autonomous

autonomous vehicles
Catherine Gray
3 min
Airbiquity and Cyngn combine technology solutions to convert any materials handling vehicle into an autonomous vehicle, regardless of make and age

Connected services provider Airbiquity has partnered with autonomous vehicle technology specialists Cyngn to help material handling companies evolve vehicle fleets into autonomous systems.

This new partnership will support companies working in warehouses move and handle goods without needing a human to drive the machines. By introducing this technology, warehouses will have the ability to evolve their existing vehicles to become autonomous.

“Working with Cyngn, we have the opportunity to help guide the future of autonomous vehicles and make our technology accessible to more industries,” explained Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity.

Vehicle agnostic technology for flexibility

Cyngn’s flagship product, DriveMod, is an end-to-end autonomy solution that can be flexibly deployed on multiple vehicle types in various environments. DriveMod delivers intelligent analytics, artificial intelligence, advanced safety features and self-driving capabilities for industrial vehicles. 

The technology is vehicle agnostic which means DriveMod works across all kinds of industrial vehicles, regardless of age, vehicle type or manufacturer.

"On the heels of announcing our OTAmatic expansion into non-automotive industry vehicles, this partnership is further validation of the need for safe and secure industrial-grade over-the-air software update management technology to ensure that autonomous vehicles are running most efficiently," said Moinzadeh.

OTAmatic, an over-the-air (OTA) software and data management solution, developed by Airbiquity, securely orchestrates and automates connected vehicle software updates and data management from the cloud.

Securely evolving vehicles to become autonomous

By integrating Airbiquity’s OTAmatic and Cyngn’s DriveMod, organisations can invest in industrial AV technology that starts generating value today while being prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Typically, industrial AV solutions require companies to completely replace their existing fleet. This new partnership between Airbiquity and Cyngn shifts that paradigm through retrofitting.

Discussing the benefits of the new partnership, Lior Tal, CEO at Cyngn said: "Autonomous vehicle fleets generate vast amounts of data, which we leverage to derive greater insights and create opportunities for increased efficiency. By using Airbiquity's most advanced and industry-proven over-the-air update technology, companies gain access to these ever-expanding capabilities without disrupting their daily operations."

With both companies’ technology, organisations in the materials handling market will be able to securely evolve their vehicles into AV systems which can be refined over time – thus leading to increased autonomous fleet management efficiency and up-time.

Leveraging data to improve AVs 

DriveMod enables fleets of all shapes and sizes to drive autonomously. This can be achieved by a simple retrofit or by being embedded directly into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles at assembly.

Businesses within many industries, such as mining, automotive and construction, use OTAmatic to efficiently plan and execute OTA campaigns. This can be done with refined vehicle and device targeting, discrete policy and privacy controls, customisable user communications and solution deployment flexibility.

Over time and with more data, DriveMod will develop a deeper understanding of the domains in which it operates. Combining this with OTAmatic’s over-the-air software updates ensures autonomous vehicle fleets will continue to generate novel value and efficiency.

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