The total amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed is snowballing. HPE estimates that within two years over half of the world’s data will be created, managed, and analysed at the edge. Managing data at the edge eliminates latency and improves speed, which is crucial for machine learning, AI and will be the key to your success.

The challenge lies in managing the infrastructure supporting massive amounts of unstructured and distributed data. For this, enterprises need to work towards a cloud-enabled model that works across domains to support their business goals.

What the data tells us

As organisations come to terms with big data, they must have a transformation and adoption framework that offers a structure and common language to understand where they are at in their cloud adoption journey .

It’s also useful to know where other enterprises stand in the mix to assess at what pace transformation needs to progress.

HPE researched their hundreds of engagements spanning public cloud and on-prem cloud transformation, IT modernisation, and edge computing, giving us insight into average customer maturity progression to deliver a cloud experience across IT and where they are at in implementing enterprise cloud.

HPE’s report reveals, “Across the population, average maturity across the eight domains still has a lot of room for improvement. Most organisations still have work to do to achieve mastery of the level 1 and 2 capabilities in most domains.”

Understanding the results

Level 1 is the lowest level of capability, with low cloud capability, while level 2 means there is evidence of progression in cloud capability beyond isolated instances. In other words, the majority of organisations are at the beginning of their journey.

HPE’s research also reveals 20 per cent of organisations are on the way to maturity at the third level across all domains. The third level is ‘cloud-enabled,’ i.e. an organisation that has an effective cloud operating model.

With 20 per cent of organisations on the way to a cloud-enabled model, it’s also interesting to know how they are achieving it. DevOps has seen the biggest enterprise cloud progress, with security, operations, strategy and data further down the list.

The lowest maturity is seen in people, applications and innovation, which lag behind because they require a foundation in strategy. The technology and practices for these are not well-established, leading to slower transformation.

Part 2

In part 2 of our article, we’ll look at the HPE cloud transformation and adoption framework to help you in your journey to enterprise cloud adoption.