In order to make a success of digital transformation, businesses must adopt a hybrid approach to both IT and the cloud. By doing so, you’ll not only be much more responsive to ongoing and ever-changing business needs but also improve your competitive advantage and bottom-line.

Even if you’ve got capital trapped in older IT systems or a level of technical debt associated with maintaining legacy applications, you can still extend the cloud experience across the enterprise by:

Focus on innovation

Instead of managing siloed sets of systems and applications in existing datacentres, allow your IT team to deliver compute, data and network resources via cloud-based models as and when required.

Thankfully, the services and solutions available today can help organisations deliver a flexible, open experience at the speed modern businesses demand. This is because they take advantage of advanced management software to maintain visibility, control and compliance across all cloud platforms and for hybrid workloads.  

Reduce operational costs with greater agility

It’s important for business owners and leaders to realise that dedicated cloud systems and IT financial models can be leveraged for greater agility and therefore lower operating costs.

One of the key elements of a flexible and open cloud experience is cost optimisation – utilising flexible payment models to enable alignment of capital investment with business growth and innovation. Linkage of a cloud platform to public cloud also enables the optimal match of resources to workload needs that increases efficiency and cost optimisation.

Make the most of resources

It’s fair to say that the role of cloud-based IT solutions (public, private and edge) is to ingest, deliver and exploit data. However, if your business wants to achieve this goal, you must make the most of your resources and invest in people – new hires, retraining existing employees and use of your partners’ management services offerings.

The impact of technology on people cannot be underestimated, with the success of digital transformation often dependent on knowledge of new services and processes. Thankfully, the new hybrid cloud places an emphasis on user experience, which along with an increase in productivity can reduce the time required for staff training and service implementation.

Final thoughts A hybrid cloud approach to developing, deploying and enhancing workloads should enable any business to improve their market position and achieve significant additional revenue. Ways in which you can realise these rewards are by reducing time to market for customer-facing services, improving the quality of existing applications, and having the capacity to quickly meet market demand.