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May 21, 2018 | Melanie Posey

Enterprise IT Shifts Off-Premises, Fueled by Digital Transformation

Business imperatives accelerate the drive toward off-premises, service-oriented IT solutions

Organizations are accelerating their digital transformation efforts to keep pace with changing customer expectations. In the digital era, business innovation is highly IT-dependent; therefore, IT leaders are embracing a model of off-premises, service-oriented IT solutions and will adopt increasingly hybrid IT environments to enable scale, speed, operational flexibility, and access to a growing array of cloud-based services that enable organizations to harness data to differentiate themselves and create new value.

In a recent 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise Digital Pulse survey, 60% of respondents reported that the majority of their IT environments will operate outside the confines of their own data centers by the end of 2019, shifting to off-premises service provider environments such as public clouds, hosted private clouds, and colocation data centers.

Gearing up for digital transformation

While there is broad agreement that digital technology is disruptively impacting longstanding ways of doing business across all industries, only 39% of organizations currently have formal digital transformation strategies in place to head off or mitigate the impact. Furthermore, IT organizations’ ability to exploit digital transformation is uneven, and many survey respondents highlight challenges in achieving the optimal level of business-IT alignment.

The pace and extent of business disruption are dramatically reshaping the IT landscape with regard to IT architectures, IT priorities, and emerging technology adoption.

Watch live:  [webinar]  Enterprise IT Shifts Off-Premises: Cloud, Data, and Digital Transformation presented by Melanie Posey of 451 Research on 6/6/18

Multi-cloud/Hybrid IT: The New Normal

The highly dynamic nature of digital business and the associated IT transformation means that there are no easy answers to ques­tions about optimal workload placement. Deployment models for individual applications and workloads will depend on a range of factors, including lifecycle stages, usage patterns, application behavior characteristics, data criticality and data sovereignty considerations. Given this situation, multi-cloud/hybrid IT environments are gaining momentum as a go-to architecture choice as various workloads and lifecycle implementation phase require different combinations of on-premises and off-premises, public cloud and private cloud IT resources.

Multi-cloud/hybrid IT environments are emerging as a key on-ramp to digital transformation, ensuring the operational flexibility needed to meet current and future business requirements. Furthermore, new IT architectures also facilitate organizations’ ability to support next-generation data-centric workloads such as data analytics/business intelligence, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Is Your IT Ready for the Digital Era?

Data analytics/business intelligence, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and big data emerged as the top IT priorities identified by the organizations polled in our Voice of the Enterprise Digital Pulse survey. However, actual deployment of these emerging technologies lags behind their stated importance to the business, indicating that current IT environments may not be up to the challenge of providing the scalable infrastructure and the access to higher level cloud services required to fully exploit digital transformation business opportunities.

Watch on-demand:  [webinar]  Enterprise IT Shifts Off-Premises: Cloud, Data, and Digital Transformation presented by Melanie Posey of 451 Research 

Choosing the right partner plays a big role in transforming enterprise IT from a back office enabler to a more prominent role as the technology engine of digital business. We recommend selecting a provider capable of covering all the bases with regard IT environment and hybrid IT-support and partnerships with leading hyperscale cloud players and emerging technology vendors.

Melanie_PoseyMelanie Posey is the Research Vice President and General Manager for 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation offering. She focuses on tracking, analyzing and anticipating the pace and nature of enterprise cloud adoption. Prior to joining 451 Research, Melanie spent more than 15 years at IDC in a variety of roles, providing analysis, forecasting, and insight for the cloud, hosting, data center, managed services and telecommunications markets. At IDC, Melanie received numerous awards for research, collaboration, sales support, and client service, including being named runner-up for the prestigious James Peacock Memorial Award. During her more than 20-year career in the technology research and consulting arena, Melanie has been quoted extensively in the business and technology trade press, and is a frequent speaker at industry and client events. Melanie holds an M.A. in international relations/international economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a division of Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in French from Amherst College.

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