Welcome back to another Hybrid Hearsay, where we share the latest news and views shaping the world of Hybrid IT. So what’s hot in the news right now?

The analysts have spoken – shifting to hybrid cloud is getting easier! With the slew of innovations in cloud computing, IT managers are reaping the benefits of dealing with the next generation of technology platforms and rolling out new business services.

Industry analysts have commented that these business benefits have accelerated the hybrid cloud adoption rate. Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research said: “What’s held some companies back in the past is the complexity of deploying the infrastructure needed to run a hybrid cloud.” We can see now with technologies such as Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 and Amazon Web Services that giving IT managers a platform by which they can understand what is happening in their data centres and public clouds is making adoption much easier.

Contrastingly, according to a new report by global cloud communications provider 8×8, UK businesses are slow to adopt new tech and the cause lies with the C-suite. After surveying 260 IT managers the results showed that nearly half of IT managers suspect senior leaders have self-preserving motives. The study shows that only 56% of C-level execs invest in enough new technology, such as cloud adoption, to keep up with the pace of innovation, whilst 62% of IT managers think UK businesses are too cautious about buying into new technology.

Kevin Scott-Cowell, UK MD of 8×8, commented: “We frequently hear anecdotal evidence that IT managers face significant opposition from senior leaders when it comes to adopting new technologies such as cloud communications – this research suggests this is something which is widely felt.” We’d love to hear your thoughts on this – do you think the C-suite are reluctant to adopt new technology? Let us know in the comments below.

As we near the end of the year, we thought we’d end with a prediction piece looking at what’s in store for cloud in 2017 according to Tableau Software.

  1. Businesses enter a hybrid IT world

Large businesses will find a successful move from on–premise environments to a hybrid IT world. We will also see a surge in the number of start-ups and SMB’s going all-in on cloud.

  1. IT reorients its approach

As more businesses enter a hybrid cloud environment, IT will have to prioritise implementing cloud-based training. With an increased demand for expertise, IT managers will widen their candidate search to those who have experience in DevOps practice and cloud platforms.

  1. Cloud service providers remove complexity of data regulations

New data laws and government policies this year have made data privacy issues more challenging for global companies. Next year we will see cloud service providers make it easier for global companies to overcome these hurdles, and help them avoid the hefty price tag that comes with maintaining local data centres. 

  1. Customer success and adoption remains a priority

Cloud vendors will look beyond the point of sale and will also focus on increasing customer satisfaction rates. They’ll do this by working with their customers, offering support, robust training resources and further guidance on product adoption.

  1. Flexible analytics solve IoT’s last mile challenge

IoT data is often stored across multiple systems – next year will see the industry call for analytical tools that can combine all of these cloud-hosted data sources. This will help increase their efficiencies and allow them to analyse data from multiple sources.

That’s all from us today folks! If you have some Hybrid IT news you’d like to share Tweet us at @thehybridhive or leave a comment below.


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