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Moving to a hybrid cloud IT environment is a mere baby step for companies competing in today's digital marketplace, according to Subir Dutt, senior vice president at Capgemini. He advises business leaders to develop a hybrid enterprise strategy that ties business practices and processes, operational models and IT together.
Enterprises are running hybrid business environments already, combining old and new processes, and the legacy and new technologies that facilitate them. While some companies have invested in business transformation to get the benefits of this hybrid estate, others are taking an ad hoc approach. Sure, they're combining legacy and new SMAC (social, mobile, analytic, cloud) applications, but they don't have a cohesive digital strategy.
In this video, Dutt gave advice on why and how to bring cohesion to the mixed-bag enterprise environment. He spoke on the eve of giving his Oracle OpenWorld 2015 presentation, "Beyond an All-or-Nothing Approach: Hybrid as a Strategy for Transformation." Dutt is also global Oracle practice leader at Capgemini.
To create a hybrid enterprise model, leaders must determine the application architecture and infrastructure for their hybrid cloud. For example, Dutt suggested, a first step involves the determination of business goals by a team of executives, stakeholders, customers and users. Then, the project owner and DevOps team make choices regarding platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service and development models that can lead to interactive development and deployment.
Generally, the hybrid cloud may be a short phase in the evolution of IT, but the hybrid enterprise will be around longer, Dutt said. Most likely, businesses will try to use cloud more and run fewer on-premises applications. For example, businesses may start using PaaS for development and then move to PaaS for production. Looking at businesses overall, however, most will retain for years the combination of legacy and new technologies and practices that make up their hybrid enterprises.