One of today's most important business trends is the digital transformation of the enterprise -- the set of practices and disciplines used to disrupt businesses, customers, and markets in pursuit of business performance and growth. Enterprises today are pursuing digital transformation to improve customer experience, reduce costs, better weather business disruption, and create competitive advantages. A hybrid cloud operating model is foundational to achieving this digital transformation.
A primary advantage of a hybrid cloud is the ability to deliver automation through IT-as-a-service. By enabling self-service for internal customers and providing increased financial transparency, IT-as-a-Service is an important new tool in aligning IT with line of business (LOB) objectives and creating increased business value.
IDC conducted a study of enterprise cloud adoption, covering both private and public cloud IaaS, and focusing on costs, benefits, and challenges for each deployment model. Data for the study came from a global survey of more than 1000 executives at medium to large enterprises running applications on public or private cloud (and sometimes both) who have detailed knowledge of the cloud implementations within their organizations. The results capture the current state of enterprise cloud and provided the raw material required for IDC's analysis.
This paper articulates the resulting analysis of the data collected in the study.