Enterprise evaluates new direction as IBM uncovers Hybrid Cloud potential

"We live in a world where companies must take advantage of all of their resources to succeed."

Two-thirds of organisations implementing hybrid Cloud report they’re already gaining competitive advantage from their hybrid environments and are nearly three times as likely to use it to assemble data assets or monetise data.

That’s according to findings released by IBM - in surveying 500 hybrid Cloud implementers from 13 countries and 23 industries - which claims that 26 percent of businesses are gaining competitive advantage through hybrid Cloud and managing their environment in an integrated, comprehensive fashion for high visibility and control.

In addition, the study found that the leaders are using hybrid Cloud to jumpstart “next-generation” initiatives.

Leaders are almost three times more likely than other implementers to use hybrid Cloud for commercialising insights (e.g., assembling data assets or monetising data).

Furthermore, they are also five times more likely to be using hybrid Cloud for cognitive computing (e.g., predictive intelligence and machine learning capabilities).

Finally, over a third of the leaders are already using hybrid Cloud to enable Internet of Things.

“We live in a world where companies must take advantage of all of their resources to succeed and deliver services and apps in an as a service model regardless of whether they reside in a public or private Cloud or on their existing infrastructure,” says Laura Sanders, Global Technology Services General Manager for Systems Services, IBM.

“Not surprisingly, clients are seeing great value from hybrid environments in driving business results and transformation.

“It's a positive balance of optimisation with flexibility and agility. Our goal continues to be the ability to help clients leverage those hybrid capabilities reliably and securely.”

Sanders claims that nine out of ten leaders report that hybrid cloud is “crucial to their business strategy and success”, while 85 percent of leaders believe a hybrid approach to cloud is accelerating the digital transformation in their organisation.

“As this study highlights, hybrid Clouds are gaining widespread market adoption because they leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private Cloud environments,” Sanders adds.

“This gives organisations greater control of their data, improved application performance and efficiencies, enhanced collaboration all while helping to centralise IT management.

“As a result, businesses not only reduce costs but achieve greater efficiencies.”

According to findings, eight in ten leaders believe hybrid Cloud helps reduce the amount of shadow IT within the organisation while 85 per cent of leaders believe hybrid drives more collaboration between IT and Line of Business.

In addition, 85 per cent of leaders believe open technologies are essential for hybrid portability and interoperability, and they are over five times more likely to be using prescriptive or predictive real-time analytics to manage hybrid environments.

With regards to securing the enterprise, eight in ten leaders are improving security and reducing risk with hybrid with 62 per cent of leaders believing hybrid helps them meet compliance requirements.