What CIOs Need to Run a Hybrid IT Environment

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-04-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Cloud adoption is everywhere, but it's not suitable for all workloads, so CIOs and IT pros must determine what stays in-house and what lives in the cloud.
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    Critical Cloud

    92% of survey respondents said the adoption of cloud tech is important to their organization's long-term business success, with 27% indicating this is "extremely" important.
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    Gradual Effort
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    Just 43% estimate that at least half of their organization's total IT infrastructure will be in the cloud within the next three to five years, despite their prioritization of the cloud as a business driver.
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    60% said it is unlikely that all of their company's infrastructure will ever migrate to the cloud.
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    Ill-Prepared
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    Ill-Prepared

    Only 27% are certain that their tech department currently has adequate resources to manage a hybrid IT environment.
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    Critical Collaboration
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    Critical Collaboration

    83% said it is important to work with business executive leaders when developing and executing a cloud strategy, and 48% said this is "extremely" important.
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    56% said they have the level of support needed from their leadership/organization to develop/improve the skills required to better manage hybrid IT.
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    48% said they need employees skilled at hybrid tech monitoring/management tools and metrics to better oversee hybrid IT environments, and 41% cited the need for app migration specialists.
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    32% said they require job candidates who are skilled at working with distributed architectures to better manage hybrid IT, and 31% said they require employees with a proven track record in service-oriented architectures.
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    Apps: 69%, Storage: 49%, Databases: 33%
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    Biggest Challenges of Hybrid IT

    Security: 62%, Control over cloud-based services and apps: 47%, Management and monitoring complexities: 45%
 

While the vast majority of CIOs, tech managers and IT professionals said cloud deployment factors greatly into long-term business strategies, most do not expect to migrate all of their company's infrastructure to the cloud, according to a recent survey from SolarWinds. The resulting "IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution" indicates that most organizations will oversee a mix of cloud-based and on-premise infrastructure, otherwise known as a hybrid IT environment. Most likely, they're seeking to migrate apps, storage and databases to the cloud (in that order of prioritization). To ensure success, they're looking to hire job candidates with documented skills in hybrid tech monitoring and management, app migration and both distributed and service-oriented tech architectures. "Cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous," said Joel Dolisy, CIO at SolarWinds, "but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads. And even if it were, very few—if any—companies would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud … At the center of this evolution are IT professionals who need to ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems—regardless of location. They need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly monitor and manage hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud." More than 255 CIOs, IT practitioners, managers and directors in the U.S. and Canada took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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