Those two (not-so) little words keep IT and business leaders alike awake at night around the world.
For IT leaders, they need digital transformation in their enterprises because that’s what end users require and what higher-ups need to speed up efficiencies and dominate market share.
For business leaders, they know without a digital transformation they’ll be left in the dust by competitors, incur greater total costs around technology, and face uncomfortable questions from executives or board members.
Digital transformation. It’s the rare thing that can unite both IT and business leaders in frayed nerves and big questions. So, how do organizations address the questions about how to make their digital transformation dreams a reality?
The Hard Truths About Hybrid Cloud and Digital Transformation
Increasingly, most are turning to a hybrid cloud approach, mixing strategies around public cloud and traditional on-prem/private cloud services. And yet, this approach is not without challenges. Often, because of a lack of resources or expertise, organizations must take a myopic, siloed view of how to implement and manage hybrid cloud services.
The hard truth is, this simply isn’t sustainable. And while you were busy trying to keep the ship afloat with whatever you could get your hands on, it’s possible you missed the sea change in the cloud world. First-generation tactics no longer cut it. We see a “new cloud order” centered on self-service IT, automated integrations, and laser-focused optimizations. These tactics provide enterprises with the tools needed to meet the new, complex realities to make digital transformations possible.
This new reality is what we set out to address in CloudBolt Software’s first-ever industry report, The Truth About Hybrid Cloud and Digital Transformation. Leveraging Pulse’s global network of verified IT decision makers, over 100 directors, VPs and C-suite executives participated in this survey.
These folks deal with digital transformation challenges every day, and they know best what is and isn’t working. We conducted this survey to get to the heart of the problems these leaders face and the right approach to reach digital transformation nirvana.
Research Findings: Understanding the Current Hybrid Cloud Happenings
Over the next few weeks, we’ll dive deep into the findings of the industry report. You’ll get concrete steps for how to use the information to improve your strategy for hybrid cloud management. We hope to be a steppingstone on your journey to get where you want to go. In the meantime, we invite you to read the full report here and check out these topline findings:
Self-service IT is easier said than done. While 71% of our respondents want self-service IT to be easy for their end users, a clear majority (56%) don’t believe what they’re doing in self-service meets that bar.
Integration causes automation woes. Almost our entire survey (99%!) said streamlining integrations is critical to accelerating IT automation and self-service. Yet the process of getting there is painful, time-consuming, and inefficient for many. Most of our respondents (76%) are still custom-coding at least a quarter of their integrations. They also find domain knowledge and scripting/coding expertise to be problems too.
Optimization impossible without visibility. Our findings indicate that IT leaders don’t have a unified measure of visibility into their hybrid cloud infrastructure. A fractured view into these systems makes full optimization virtually impossible. Over three-quarters (78%) say they have limited insight into who is provisioning what, where to optimize costs or how to remediate security problems.