A lot of what we’ve explored so far in the move to a middle ground between fully automated cloud computing and traditional on-premise IT has been the big, disruptive elements. The good news is that strategies for a Hybrid IT environment can incorporate much of what’s worked for technology professionals in the past.

Along with cloud computing, most established companies have had to navigate through waves of technological change, including mobile computing, social media, and the Internet of Things.

Hybrid IT differs from these sea changes in that it’s already here — you don’t necessarily “adopt” it as much as orchestrate it for a set of desired business outcomes.

PLAN YOUR TRANSITION TO A HYBRID IT ENVIRONMENT

  • Define ‘mission critical’ to build the right business case: IT departments always need to get buy-in from the CIO and the senior leadership team to drive meaningful change. Be prepared to explain how a particular application contributes to driving revenue, reducing operational costs, entering new markets or allowing new products and services to be created.
  • Break down silos and invite stakeholders: It is vital for business and IT stakeholders to reach a consensus to support IT infrastructure initiatives. Though the changes being made might appear behind-the-scenes or invisible to most, it can make the difference between reaching business goals or failing. As you consider which applications are a priority and why, ensure the right mix of voices influence your decision.
  • Measure what really matters: Hybrid IT optimization is not so much about “uptime” but metrics that are tied to overall business performance. Consider how modernizing, migrating or integrating applications will speed up the time to making important decisions, responding to industry changes or boosting employee satisfaction and engagement.

Assess your Hybrid IT readiness with our complementary Hybrid IT Optimization Assessment. You can walk through some of the choices we’ve discussed here, and receive a customized report that will arm you with data about the benefits and what migrating specific applications could mean for your organization. It’s not about going “all-in” — it’s about going in with your eyes open.