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."Please Note:
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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