Q: How has this topic evolved since last year? I.e. any major changes in the market? Changes in strategy? Changes in technology?
A: The cloud story has continued to solidify. The major cloud providers are more entrenched and simply evolving and growing their dominance. Serverless computing, AI, blockchain, and IoT continue to rise as new technology platform capabilities in the cloud. Multicloud is still growing but not well understood by many companies. And, edge computing support is now linked to cloud growth.
Q: What’s one of the biggest mistake organizations make when it comes to this topic?
A: Many organizations still treat cloud computing as a data center migration, focusing too much energy on Infrastructure as a service and not enough on SaaS strategies. While most companies have some SaaS in place already, their IT organizations tend to prioritize IaaS migration higher in terms of governance, strategy, and direction. The two should evolve better together. One other major mistake is the treating of cloud strategy as a comprehensive activity encompassing all workloads across the company rather than building up a series of best practices from examining individual workloads one at a time.
Q: How are IT leaders leveraging this topic to transform their organizations?
A: IT leaders use cloud migration as a means of gaining permission and budget for modernizing as well as a means of offloading less valuable activities to the cloud so they can focus on the more critical tasks.
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