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Mastering cloud formations: Hybrid IT environments for greater speed and agility

Using cloud-based applications for gains in agility, performance and cost reduction.​

Overview

These days, the “if” questions and “paradigm shift” debates around cloud usage have largely been supplanted by “it’s only a matter of time.”

Virtually every major enterprise is experimenting with, or has already adopted, cloud technology to some degree. Few are as heavily invested in cloud platforms as we are.

Questions about security and privacy persist, but such concerns are fading before the most compelling business case of all: increased IT agility.

In a large majority of instances, cloud provides a compelling case for speed to delivery, performance enhancements and cost reductions.

To take advantage of Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications flooding the marketplace, you need to become comfortable with cloud-based delivery.

According to our research, one-third of high-performance IT organizations have effectively replaced legacy components with private- and public-cloud alternatives.

Almost one in six (15 percent) already centrally manage a fully virtualized, dynamically-provisioned hybrid infrastructure.

The result is a measurable gain in IT agility: 62 percent of high performers are seeing better alignment of IT project portfolios with business goals (compared to 45 percent for other organizations).

As an integral part of an IT strategy, the cloud can make the enterprise business more responsive, flexible, scalable and competitive.

That explains why we turned to cloud-based solutions with Office 365 for e-mail and team-based SharePoint sites, social collaboration tools (the Stream) and Taleo for human resources.

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