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Hybrid Cloud Adopters Gain Competitive Advantages


Businesses have in-house technologies and applications they just can’t abandon, but they’re recognizing the value of moving to the next generation and building a cloud environment. With a hybrid cloud approach, they can select when to use cloud and when to use a traditional IT infrastructure.

This year, the IBM Center for Applied Insights surveyed 500 hybrid cloud implementers from 23 industries, across 13 countries. Respondents were categorized into three groups based on the maturity of their hybrid management capabilities: frontrunners, organizations that had already gained integrated control over their hybrid environment; challengers, organizations that hadn’t fully achieved unified management; and chasers, organizations in the early stages of gaining integrated control. Two-thirds of the respondents reported gaining competitive advantages after transitioning to a hybrid environment.

The findings were published in a study, “Growing up hybrid: Accelerating digital transformation” (ibm.co/29DRpRE), co-authored by Laura Sanders, general manager, Systems Services, IBM Global Technology Services. IBM Systems Magazine sat down with her to delve into the details.

IBM Systems Magazine (ISM): Can you give us an overview of the study?
Laura Sanders (LS):
This one had questions around how clients were taking advantage of hybrid environments and what the value was to them. It’s a blind study, so the client didn’t know it was IBM.

Not surprising to us, we found that hybrid was pretty far into utilization. Seven out of 10 organizations said they were already leveraging hybrid environments. They also saw lower costs but—most importantly—higher business value and ROI. They basically challenged their competitors or other folks in the environment to get with the program by showing them the business value of leveraging hybrid, specifically in a digital environment.

ISM: Moving to a hybrid cloud environment has been shown to improve productivity and security. How can it reduce costs?
If you can utilize an environment in a pay-as-you-go methodology and use what you need, that definitely lowers your cost. They saw they were freeing up people. The cost of human capital is high; people doing tasks that could be handled by technologies is kind of a silly use of a person. That was another way they improved or leveraged the costs they were putting out.

If you have something fit for purpose as opposed to one size fits all, it’s more logical that you’re going to be cost-optimized.

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