Five principles to help embrace the hybrid enterprise
Riverbed urges the region’s technologists to embrace a new paradigm
Even though the cloud has brought many benefits to businesses, such as providing access to data when and where we want; the ability to sync our mobile devices; and the ability to collaborate in real-time, it has also created new challenges for business leaders.
With its growth in popularity, most people expect constant cloud-like experiences, when not all enterprises can, or will, offer all of their applications in the cloud.
It is impossible to put every application in the cloud, nor would you want to; budget constraints, technical limitations, security concerns and performance issues can all be valid barriers to doing so. This is where the hybrid enterprise fits in. The hybrid enterprise uses a mix of data centre with private and public cloud-hosted apps and data, as well as networks that are made up of high-quality and expensive VPNs , point-to-point circuits, and that are supplemented by Internet connectivity. It is this type of IT environment that is becoming ever more relevant. According to Gartner, "nearly three fourths of large enterprises expect to have hybrid deployments by 2015."
To survive the next wave of technology changes, organisations need to be prepared to have a modern enterprise that offers tangible benefits in the form of technology. To help IT managers, C-level executives and stakeholders in the business, Riverbed has put together some guidelines to help the enterprise thrive. Innovation is no longer a nicety, but is now a necessity, as business models are turned on their heads by the latest technology developments. This means we all need to move faster and network infrastructure is no exception.
1. How would a tech company approach this?
Whether you're a tech company or not, there are many trends driving every business towards leveraging new kinds of technology. These include big data for better business decisions, mobile for productivity, and social and cloud platforms for collaboration.
Technology can help companies differentiate or level the playing field, as it offers up a range of opportunities and different strategies to follow. So in the age of digital, every company needs to address its digital approach, as this will form a key part of how your business is redefined. If done well, technology can in fact bring about new business models. A fine example is that of how Google transformed from a search engine to a major tech company in its own right.
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