Hybrid Cloud Spurs IoT, Cognitive Computing, More: IBM
The net of what IBM found is that there is a distinct group of hybrid leaders—referred to as front runners in the study—that are getting more value out of hybrid in specific areas. "We surveyed 500 organizations that are using hybrid in some capacity," Peranandam said. "And we asked them what they were getting out of hybrid, and what we found was not all that surprising … that people across the board are getting a lot of value in areas like efficiency, cost reduction, productivity. These are things that are not surprising and that you would expect to get from hybrid cloud. "But what's interesting is that these leaders, these front runners, are actually doing better than others even in those foundational gains," she said. "These people say they are getting more competitive advantage from hybrid. They're also getting more visibility and control of their hybrid environment." Only about one quarter of the respondents, 26 percent, rated out as leaders or "front runners," according to the survey. "Beyond these foundational gains that everyone is striving toward, these leaders are excelling and moving up to the top of the pyramid," Peranandam said. "They're moving into some of the digital transformational goals. They're getting a lot more from a digital business standpoint, so they're experiencing product and service innovation, they're moving into new markets and they're doing digital services using hybrid. And they're seeing better value using hybrid that their counterparts are not seeing."In addition, 85 percent of the leaders said they believe open technologies are key for hybrid portability and interoperability. Moreover, the survey showed that the leaders are over five times more likely to be using prescriptive or predictive real-time analytics to manage hybrid environments. And more than three-quarters of the leaders said they use advanced automation to manage their hybrid environments. Hybrid clouds are also be used to improve security and better protect data. Eighty percent of leaders surveyed said they are improving security and reducing risk with hybrid, while another 80 percent said they believe hybrid helps ensure availability and access to critical data. And 62 percent of leaders said they believe hybrid helps them meet compliance requirements. Pund-IT's King said the hybrid cloud also suits IBM's cloud skills and assets, including the global data centers it uses to support a variety of hosted services. "Plus, SoftLayer enjoyed a particularly strong presence among companies in the Fortune 500, meaning that the company and IBM shared hundreds of common customers," he said. "Finally, there's been a notable shift in messaging from well-known cloud players, including AWS [Amazon Web Services], emphasizing their ability to support enterprise-class tasks, applications and workloads. That's a pitch IBM has never needed to make since 'enterprise-readiness' has been ingrained in the company's DNA for decades."
According to the survey, eight in 10 of the leaders said they believe hybrid cloud helps reduce the amount of shadow IT within an organization. And 85 percent of leaders said they believe hybrid drives more collaboration between IT and line-of-business units.