Date Published: 11/14/2017
In an ever changing world of “Hybrid IT”, the major challenge businesses face is maintaining business continuity while simultaneously transforming for the digital future. In this series of posts Chris Parker, Senior Business Development Executive at Fujitsu, offers a new perspective on the way in which hybrid IT and business ecosystems can help you successfully navigate this shift.
With an increasingly rich ecosystem of cloud services available across many different business and technology categories there has never been a better time to transform businesses using next generation ‘outsourcing’ and automation. But keeping an existing business running while transforming the underlying technologies is a little like trying to drive your car while simultaneously changing the wheels and tires. It is not a simple task, requiring us to make the best use of both existing and new capabilities without losing the integration necessary to run a coherent organization and deliver value to our customers.
This means that there are quite some things to keep in mind:
We can be specific and break down each problem but that would take too long and let’s face it, you are probably already aware of these issues. Instead, it is more interesting to discuss the hybrid cloud technologies that are paving the way to simplifying these challenges.
The emerging hybrid landscape will benefit enterprises in astounding ways. For example: cost savings, better control of services, guaranteed governance, baked-in support and business transparency to name just a few. But we also have to stop and think more deeply about the ways in which this technology will benefit the people within our organizations.
With that in mind, it is important to understand that transforming your organization to be fit for the digital environment can be a gradual process – it is not a race. By using hybrid thinking you can freely mix and match your approach – externalizing a subset of your infrastructure, subscribing to SaaS services or even outsourcing whole business outcomes to partners – all depending on the needs and maturity of different parts of your business. Today the goal is therefore not upfront perfection of design but movement – it is more important to get started and mix and match the portfolio of services that will optimize your organization for today… while also ensuring you move gradually in the right direction for tomorrow.
The overarching concept of ‘hybrid’ is therefore about integration. Integrating the pieces and parts to make it all work together. However, what you are integrating can differ depending on your perspective and the level of value you want to access. In our experience with customers we have found that we can break it down into four major categories of hybrid services:
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