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Infrastructure and Cloud: A Proactive Approach to Enterprise Cloud Strategies

Infrastructure and Cloud: A Proactive Approach to Enterprise Cloud Strategies

This IDC study provides guidance to CIOs and other strategic leaders as they wrestle with the complex issues and opportunities that cloud computing entails. In a world where everything is aaS, and cloud this and cloud that, what is real and what is hype? What matters to you as the strategic IT leader is how to make sense of and take advantage of this dynamic and complex new digital world fueled by cloud computing. You must address the essential question: Where do we host our workloads?

This study provides:

  • A strategic overview of the fast-moving cloud landscape and how CIOs and other strategic leaders should deal with the issues and opportunities. What is hype and what is valuable?
  • A discussion about the cloud as a much bigger issue than simply an evolved, efficient hosting option providing cost advantages. Cloud computing is fueling a new subscription-based economy, and organizations can develop new offerings, new business models, and operate with a new cost structure — all impacting the overall competitive landscape.
  • A structured approach to assess your options and prepare your organization to take advantage of the evolving cloud landscape.

"Enterprises of all sizes must have a structured hosting methodology that incorporates a systematic assessment of all cloud options," says Erik Berggren, vice president, Cloud Transition Strategies, with IDC's IT Executive Programs. "This is a high-level strategic issue defining how the company will compete. By 2018, an organization that has failed to create and implement a formal hosting methodology including cloud, in essence, does not have an IT strategy."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
IT Executive Program Research Agenda
Situation Overview
A Subscription Economy Is Forming
Cloud's Strategic Implications
Fast-Evolving Cloud Landscape
What Is Cloud?
What Applications or Types of Workloads Will I Have?
What Should We Take to the Cloud?
Unique IT Requirements
Low Degree of Unique IT Requirements
High Degree of Unique IT Requirements
Strategic Differentiation
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Table: Key Cloud Service Attributes
Table: Strategic Opportunities for Cloud Service Models
Figure: IT Executive Program Research Agenda Themes
Figure: Enterprise Cloud Strategies for Existing Workloads

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