Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Aug 25, 2017
New seismic and disruptive events are upending the pace of innovation – and leading companies are jumping into the fray, trying to differentiate themselves through emerging business models. But here is the hard truth: Enterprises are wasting money, resources and time putting on a facade of innovation that falls short of customer and shareholder expectations. There is an inherent expectation that these incremental, and in many cases “siloed,” investments or initiatives will lead to sustained business impact. The time has come to move beyond “innovation theater” into a more mature adoption of innovation that drives measurable business results.
Now is the time for Innovation 2.0.
Virtualization deployment will continue to grow dramatically, fueled by a variety of factors, including continued use of virtualization to support consolidation efforts; growth of virtualization use in mission-critical applications and workloads; growth in virtualization among small and midsize organizations; successful deployment of virtualization as a strategic initiative to enhance business agility; and virtualization as the foundation for next-generation cloud computing services.
However, risk-averse enterprise IT professionals are understandably cautious about simply moving their entire IT portfolio of resources and services into a 100-percent cloud architecture. As with most technology-adoption curves, enterprises have not embraced an “all-or-nothing” paradigm, instead preferring a pragmatic, “evolution, not revolution” approach of cautious incrementalism. This helps them account for their existing investments, custom work, business requirements, and risk posture. Not everything will move to the cloud – at least not in the foreseeable future. That’s why so many IT professionals advocate a so-called “hybrid” approach. But what do we mean by “hybrid” and how do we optimally balance the various components of a hybrid cloud architecture?