There is this modern world view that brings together IT and business leaders in asking the big question: What’s up with hybrid cloud and digital transformation? Is it just a fancy phrase everyone is using to sound innovative?
There are times when business leaders get carried away by the latest trends or the latest buzzwords, such as hybrid cloud, containers, Kubernetes, edge computing etc. However, we must first understand what our business problems are, and how we can solve it.
Digital Transformation: Why Do You Want It?
For IT leaders, they need digital transformation because that’s what their client requires and what their bosses need, to accelerate orders and influence the market share.
For business leaders, they understand that without a digital transformation planning and implementation, competitors will swoop in and take over the market. This would leave them sustaining a great deal of losses, for not being able to keep up with the technology, hence facing some uncomfortable questions from their bosses and even board members.
The companies’ main drivers for cloud adoption are to enable digital transformation, and to offer the scale and speed that is needed for their business. No matter how carefully you planned your company digital transformation with your IT team, it can still turn out to be challenging. Thus, a good way in implementing digital transformation is by integrating applications and data resources on multiple cloud providers and local private data centers, at the same time managing a mix of legacy and cloud-native services.
As for hybrid cloud, it provides organizations what it’s needed to speed up the goal towards digital transformation. Also, it gives control to the IT team that they need, in order to ensure cloud adoptions are cost effective, secure, and less risky, yet still able to empower cloud-native development for new and existing applications or services in the organization.
Digital Transformation & Hybrid Cloud: Cloud Is Not Just a Trend
Although it’s important for a company to save cost, the main value a company needs to support is a fast-moving digital business transformation. As IT staffs are increasingly involved in IT buying decisions to enable the possibilities to develop, deploy and deliver cloud computing for the company’s digital transformation, cloud is not just a trend anymore, but an important aspect for prompt executions and informed decision makings for any actionable tasks or projects.
Besides, is there other technology companies use in terms of transformation and innovation, that can do without embracing the cloud? From Internet of Things (IoT), security at the edge, to big data, cloud technology is always involved.
Although many established companies still operate on their legacy applications and systems even as they adopt modern, digital technology, they still need to adapt and change to stay relevant in the digital business.
Implementing hybrid cloud can minimize both CapEx and OpEx, reduce cycle times, and it is scalable. What does that mean then? To put it this way, Hybrid Cloud is a framework that allows a company to make the best use of the technologies they have, in order to meet their business objectives.
Therefore, companies should consider adopting hybrid cloud to deliver digital transformation. Just as development has gone agile, so has cloud adoption, with companies needing to switch workloads among multiple clouds from different vendors.
Written by Joshanna Tan | Branding & Acquisition Designer