How the Hybrid Cloud Fuels a Competitive Edge
Most organizations are using a blend of traditional infrastructure and the cloud, and the ones that excel in maximizing these approaches are gaining significant advantages in cost savings, increased productivity and other ROI drivers, according to a recent survey from IBM. The accompanying report, "Growing Up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation," distinguishes companies into categories of hybrid cloud adoption, including those considered "frontrunners" and those described as "chasers." Companies that are frontrunners are using the hybrid cloud to increase efficiency and productivity, while cutting costs. They're also managing their hybrid cloud environment in an integrated, comprehensive manner (such as through a single dashboard) for high visibility and control. Chasers are not yet using the hybrid cloud to drive competitive advantage, and they are considered in the early stages of gaining integrated control over their hybrid environment. According to the findings, frontrunners come out on top by taking advantage of the hybrid cloud to advance mobility projects, pursue innovation and maximize value from the existing traditional infrastructure. "We live in a world where companies must take advantage of all of their resources to succeed and deliver services and apps in an as-a-service model," said Laura Sanders, global technology services general manager for systems services at IBM, "regardless of whether they reside in a public or private cloud or on their existing infrastructure. Not surprisingly, [organizations] are seeing great value from hybrid environments in driving business results and transformation. It's a positive balance of optimization with flexibility and agility." An estimated 500 global hybrid-cloud decision-makers took part in the research.