Organizations must adapt faster than ever to remain competitive. Enterprise leaders, including CIOs and other IT leaders, must transform their organizations with nimble digital solutions and processes to thrive.
Key drivers of digital transformation include:
- Better-informed, increasingly demanding customers.
- A mobile workforce requiring new types of connectivity.
- Massive new data streams and increasing storage needs.
- Rising cybersecurity threats and strict compliance regulations.
- Opportunities for increased workload efficiency.
- Flexible IT consumption models.
To meet these challenges, organizations are recognizing the need to
adopt an enterprise cloud strategy. By enabling increased flexibility
and mobility in the business model, a cloud investment can serve as
a foundational component of digital transformation.
It is no secret that cloud adoption is steadily increasing. The factors driving
investments in enterprise cloud are numerous, diverse and unique to each
organization. The pressure to adapt can lead enterprises to attempt ad hoc cloud
deployments, expecting a broad implementation to serve as a panacea.
Instead, unfocused deployments often result in excessively complex IT
environments that fail to achieve the desired business outcomes.
In many cases, IT departments that funnel capital into a private cloud end
up spending more time building and maintaining their cloud solution than
leveraging it for cost savings and data-driven decision-making. To improve
investment quality, the question then becomes: How do organizations ensure
that their approach to enterprise cloud has the right balance of upfront
investment, immediate utilization and ongoing value?