It’s summer – time to load up the car with swimsuits, chairs, and Frisbees and head back to the beach. But while you’re busy getting some much needed R&R, don’t forget the industry is still in the midst of an unprecedented digital transformation. Now more than ever, it’s critical to know who’s minding the business (and IT infrastructure) while you’re away.

Spurred by the digital businesses revolution, companies have the opportunity to work smarter, drive new efficiencies and fuel strategic innovation. Our recent global survey with 451 Research clearly demonstrates that digital transformation is real and is happening now, and while some organizations, geographies and industries may trail others in their transformational maturity, less than 10% don’t have any plans for digital transformation at all. Unfortunately, legacy infrastructures just weren’t designed for the demands of today’s business.

To better align for agility and flexibility, IT leaders are increasingly turning to Hybrid IT. Under this computing model, CIO’s retain control of certain components, while relying on cloud-based, data center, and colocation services for others. According to IDC, within the next two years, typical organizations are expected to access almost 80 percent all IT resources through a mix of hybrid services. This demands a new approach capable of integrating legacy systems with modern cloud infrastructure and applications.

While the hybrid approach certainly isn’t a new concept, it’s become increasingly important as businesses prepare to go digital. The best strategies are supported by service providers with proven track-records of successful transformations. By understanding an organization’s unique requirements, these experts identify ways to power transformation faster, while minimizing impact to IT reliability or availability. This drives costs down, while optimizing current operations and ensuring seamless delivery of customer service.

An effective model is to also employ managed services like managed hosting and multi-cloud management solutions so internal resources can focus on the more strategic projects and planning. Breaking free of time and cost limitations, organizations can more easily accelerate new product and service developments to gain competitive advantage.

And while each enterprise is different, the ideal starting point is sampling individual outsourced services or co-locating components of the data center. Not every workload is ideal for cloud, so trusted advisors determine the best blend of IT services – and the right way to integrate and optimize them for business requirements.

Vacations have started, but that doesn’t mean business (or customers) stop moving. Before heading back to the beach, connect with a partner and keep moving forward. Take advantage of a personalized Executive Strategy Session today to assess business goals and identify the best strategy for your digital transformation.

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