Every organization in every industry comes with a unique set of challenges. On one hand, there are technology professionals don’t need to manage as many complexities for a higher education or retail business while the other side sits financial and healthcare staff wrangling with the day-to-day challenges of regulation and compliance.
As more organizations make the leap into hybrid cloud deployments, those who are still sitting on the sideline might be reflecting on their next move. Where the past saw one-size-fits-all implementations, the move to the hybrid cloud is different due to a varying set of needs and business priorities. In other words, what was once a very standard upgrade every few years has become a conversation around customization and employee needs.
There are numerous ways to customize a hybrid cloud deployment. Among them include:
- Culture – Discovering how cloud fits within your organization. Since cloud requires more collaboration and communication, this may require the changing of standard operating procedures.
- Development – Cloud changes the way developers innovate. With cloud-native technologies becoming a part of the organizational stack, developers will require new skills while IT leaders must find new ways to lead.
- Finances – Cloud transforms how technology services are paid for. With hybrid cloud, organizations can decide which technologies move into the cloud and which stay on-premise.
Cloud and technology leaders view these strategic directions in a similar fashion. In a survey conducted by IBM, they discovered that hybrid cloud is tailored to a variety of business outcomes including:
- Development of Business Models – 92% of those surveyed claimed that cloud enables the creation of new business models.
- Integration with Business – 83% of those surveyed claimed that cloud strategies looked to integrate within business activities.
Surveying the Cloud Future
Through this survey, it’s easy to see that cloud is not a one-size-fits-all resolution for technology transformation, and nor should it be. With the amount of solutions on the market and the differing business needs out there, staying in the appropriate swimlane is preferable. Nonetheless, executives should draw conclusions that seek to validate cloud rather than shy away from moving altogether.
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