If you sit 10 business leaders down to talk IT, seven will say they urgently need to migrate to the cloud to support their company’s growth. Ask about their cloud adoption plans, and you’ll have only four left in the conversation. That leaves six feeling behind the curve, for good reason.

Within a year, half of enterprise workloads worldwide will be running in the cloud, reducing costs and improving IT resource utilization. Among those who are already there, 85% reported saving money. 80% saw improvements to their IT departments — in areas like quality, efficiency, and security — within six months of moving to the cloud.

When I sit down with IT and business leaders, I hear they want the performance of a cloud solution. They see it as the key to innovation, business continuity, customer service…to remaining competitive. My takeaway is that it’s not cost that’s the main inhibitor to cloud adoption, and it’s not the data security boogieman. It’s talent.

IT teams are lean, scaled to keep their heads above water with their current infrastructure in an ever-rising tide of business demands. Who has the in-house bandwidth for a comprehensive cloud migration initiative? You’re only going to invest a year or 18 months, and half your IT budget, if you’re confident your resources can take you from strategy to planning, testing, and deployment.

With an abundance of respect for every IT team I’ve worked with, staff IT resources may not be enough. Charging your current IT team with tacking an infrastructure transformation while keeping the existing infrastructure humming could be risky. Even if you could bring a couple of strong players with cloud migration experience on board, you’re flirting with an outage, or more serious business disruption disaster.

Of course, your vendor selection is going to make a difference. If you choose a VMware-IBM solution or SAP HANA solution, you’re partnering with the best in the industry.

But it’s your choice of integration partner or managed services provider that is essential to fully leverage the new technology and your current IT environment. Odds are, you’re headed toward a hybrid solution that will exist along with your on-prem investments for the foreseeable future. The right external expertise can help you get there, out in front of the curve.

Where are you on the curve? Are you well into your cloud adoption strategy, or is it still on paper?