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More than one third of American businesses (37 percent) say they have failed to realize notable benefits from cloud computing, largely because they have not integrated their adoption plan as a core part of their broader business transformation strategy, according to a new study by IT services company Unisys.

For its first Unisys Cloud Success Barometer study, the company surveyed 1,000 senior IT and business leaders in 13 countries, including the U.S.

Among other key findings related to U.S. organizations, 77 percent of the respondents for which cloud was a core part of their strategy saw great or moderate improvements from their cloud migration; and less than one in four (23 percent) for which cloud was a minor part of the business transformation strategy saw great or moderate improvements from cloud adoption.

Across all respondents, 34 percent of business leaders reported being extremely or very concerned about being left behind relative to competitors.

Despite nearly all respondents (92 percent) saying they had migrated to the cloud to some degree, multi-cloud solution adoption is still nascent. Only 26 percent of respondents said their organization leveraged a multi-cloud architecture. However, those that used multi-cloud services said they view the cloud as essential to staying competitive.

Nearly three in four of the respondents (68 percent) said that if they didn’t move to the cloud, they would be somewhat to extremely concerned about a competitor innovating first; 74 percent would be concerned about being outperformed by a competitor; and 44 percent would be concerned that they could even be forced to go out of business as a result of not innovating.

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