RESEARCH REPORT

In brief

In brief

  • In the post-digital era, organizations face a growing challenge to differentiate.
  • Hybrid cloud and open source are key to enterprise transformation.


The pressure to innovate is rising, while the need to maintain operational agility and efficiency is intensifying. Organizations are challenged by old ways of developing, delivering and maintaining applications and IT infrastructure services that are unable to keep pace with the demands of a post-digital world. Legacy systems jostle with modern, digital applications in a complex IT landscape.

Fortunately, all now have access to a wealth of options to accelerate change. And there are two ingredients that lie at the heart of virtually every successful transformation: cloud and open source

Lift performance with cloud

As organizations develop their application and data strategies, they are increasingly settling on a hybrid cloud strategy with a multi-cloud provider approach to optimize application and data workload placement. This balances the public cloud benefits of innovation, agility and scale with the private benefits of stronger regulatory compliance, lower latency and cost effectiveness, offering the “best of both worlds”.

Open it up to the future

Qualities synonymous with open source—innovation, agility and open culture, among others—are essential drivers of enterprise transformation. Open source empowers organizations and communities to collaborate across different environments to meet their needs and business and industry standards, while promoting open innovation and the advancement of technologies.



Enterprise Transformation: A work in progress

But for many organizations, change is hard. Here are a few common reasons why a cloud and open source enterprise transformation might be stalling:

Overwhelming complexity

Modern enterprise IT topologies have many fast-moving parts, and legacy technologies often can’t keep up with the pace of change.

Seeing the bigger picture

Many organizations get caught up in day-to-day operations or siloed initiatives, without ever developing an enterprise-wide strategy for innovation.

Managing risk

Organizations are struggling to get a real-time overview of their IT ecosystems, making it harder to make the right strategic business decisions.

Culture and skills

Many people have a natural fear of the new. Organizational siloes must be broken down and the workforce upskilled to create an open culture.

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Clearing a path to the new

Successful transformation requires the right investments with the right technology and service partners to bring greater efficiency, agility and speed to the organization. It means building trust with the workforce, creating a common purpose across the business, and upskilling employees, all while creating new processes and platforms to transform IT operations. There are four crucial elements to consider:

Standardize, standardize, standardize

Align around a standard set of IT services and adopt open standards-based technology solutions to open up new possibilities through automation.

Modernize, then migrate

Go beyond migration with a multi-discipline, fit-for-purpose approach to modernize the application landscape, becoming resilient, intelligent and agile.

Run at multi-speed

Support the rapid and agile deployment of cloud-native applications while allowing legacy technology to evolve at its own pace.

Transform your culture

Teach your inclusive and diverse teams next-generation skills to enable everyone to participate in the digital transformation.

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Take a Lead

With change an ever-present reality, the need to digitally transform the enterprise has never been greater. Open source technology and hybrid cloud are essential components of that transformation. That’s why Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud strategy and its solution portfolio, combined with Accenture’s market-leading expertise in successfully enabling end-to-end digital transformation, is so vital. It’s nothing less than the future of the enterprise IT.

Jan Myklebust

Red Hat Strategy and Architecture Lead, Europe


Nigel Barnes

Global Delivery Architecture and Red Hat Practice Lead

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