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Hybrid leads in cloud arena
Almost every company is using the cloud, but not for everything, finds a new IBM study. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say their cloud initiatives are coordinated or fully integrated, compared to just 34% in 2012. And, among high performing organisations, that number climbs to 83%. At the same time, nearly half of workloads – 45% — are expected to remain on-premises with dedicated servers.
The IBM study, “Tailoring hybrid cloud: Designing the right mix for innovation, efficiency and growth,” is based on in-person interviews and surveys of more than 1 000 C-suite executives from 18 industries. Conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), the study finds that the top reasons executives cite for adopting hybrid cloud solutions are: lowering total cost of ownership (54%), facilitating innovation (42%), enhancing operational efficiencies (42%) and enabling them to more readily meet customer expectations (40%).
Companies undertaking cloud initiatives found they allowed them to expand into new industries (76%), create new revenue sources (71%) and create, support new business models (69%).
But the decision to move to the cloud must be made in a way that maximises benefits and minimises risk. The study reveals that the top three challenges to cloud adoption as cited by respondents are perceived security or compliance risks and requirements (47%), cost structure: CapEx versus OpEx considerations (41%) and increased risk of operational disruption due to new cloud-based solution (38%).
Based on its findings, the IBM study recommends three actions to drive sustainable competitive advantage through cloud adoption: