5 hybrid cloud trends

At a time when companies are increasingly implementing hybrid cloud approaches to meet their needs for modernization and agility on the one hand and their regulatory and control constraints on their future on the other, here are 5 key trends that IT managers need to consider in 2023.

By 2022, things have become clear: hybrid cloud is the dominant strategy. A recent study confirmed this: 77% of respondents worldwide and 74% of respondents in France say they use a hybrid cloud approach.

As 2023 approaches, leaders are now working to unlock the full potential of the hybrid cloud as they modernize their business to capture market share and satisfy today’s on-the-go consumer.

Many of the brands we know and trust are moving to the cloud to deliver fast, personalized customer experiences that are central to their new digital strategies. Organizations demand the flexibility to manage data securely across multiple clouds, on-premise or at the edge, to adopt innovative new digital technologies and keep pace with the business. This urgent need for modernization has emphasized the digital transformation efforts of all organizations, which do not risk being left behind.

So what’s the next step?

Here are five key areas that business and technology leaders should consider in the coming year to ensure their organizations successfully migrate to the hybrid cloud:

1/ Manage security as a whole

As digital infrastructure becomes more complex, this means that most companies suffer from consuming clouds so disconnected that they are nearly impossible to secure. This opens the door to third-party and fourth-party risks and blind spots that malicious actors can exploit. As companies adopt a hybrid cloud approach, they need to remain vigilant, especially since nearly 32% of respondents worldwide (and 34% of respondents in France) agree thatpoor security is the number one barrier to progress and realizing the benefits of the hybrid cloud.
By ensuring they have a holistic approach to security and a clear view of the data residing in their hybrid cloud infrastructure, companies can better prevent risk. And this is not only a holistic approach for their own environments, but also with their ecosystem partners. Third-party and fourth-party dependencies on cloud services create new levels of risk that must be managed and mitigated before they become problematic.

2/ Reduce risks thanks to a safe ecosystem

As 2023 approaches, highly regulated industries such as financial services, insurance and healthcare will continue to face disruption. As such, there is a new generation of agile technology providers that are responding to these changes by introducing new innovations to keep pace with the demands of today’s digitally savvy consumers. however, it will be critical that these disruptors do not introduce systemic risk to their industryespecially as regulatory scrutiny intensifies.
To address this evolution, companies in the fintech, insuretech and healthtech industries must partner with established technology providers to stay ahead of security and compliance issues and reduce systemic risk, without compromising change and speed they need to thrive.

3/ Prepare for the increase regulatory requirements

Data access and ownership issues become complex. Consequently, we are seeing an increase in global laws and regulations aimed at reducing risk and maintaining privacy, security, safety and ethical standards. However, 53% of the companies asked in the study in the world but also in France stated that it is cloud compliance is too difficult to ensure. This is especially true for those in industries where regulations are the strictest, such as financial services. In the coming year, organizations will need to figure out how to drive innovation while meeting evolving industry requirements and data sovereignty laws.
While many regulators are pushing organizations to adopt multiple clouds to reduce concentration risk, industry-specific cloud platforms with built-in security and compliance controls can help drive the innovation needed to evolve business models. and meet consumer demand while reducing risk.

4/ Embrace the power of the Mainframe and the Cloud

Organizations around the world are striving to rapidly modernize and keep pace with today’s digital-first consumers. The goal for 2023 should be to bring order to this complexity and determine where applications are best suited. The modernization approach should not be to “demolish and replace” existing systems, as this can be very dangerous, expensive and disruptive. Leaders must make architectural decisions based on the environment – ​​on premises or in the cloud – and what type of infrastructure is best suited. When done appropriately, modernization can increase agility, security, on-demand scalability, and savings over time.

5/ Focus on sustainable development

Finally, in 2023, we will see more organizations exploring how the hybrid cloud can play an important role in advancing their sustainability goals. As a result, business leaders will place greater emphasis on improving the energy efficiency of their IT operations without sacrificing security or performance. They will look at a hybrid cloud approach that uses cloud-optimized systems with the power of on-premises computing to run applications with a smaller footprint and help lower the carbon footprint, all with the goal of reducing energy consumption throughout the company.

Organizations around the world are busy adopting new business models, migrating applications to the cloud, and digitizing their operations. But without the right talent, organizations can’t make it. In fact, there is currently a shortage of talent with cloud management skills – a shortcoming that 69% of respondents worldwide and 65% of respondents in France say is an obstacle to better and more secure cloud implementations. The talent pool is scattered across different clouds, causing many organizations to get stuck in their cloud transformation journey. But recruiting talent is not enough.

In the coming year, the focus needs to be on building the kind of talent needed to implement an efficient hybrid cloud strategy, while leveraging the expertise of ecosystem partners. . Organizations should consider creating a center of excellence to stimulate and nurture talent with cloud skills, which can respond to the demands of the CIO and various business departments.

The time has come for leaders to fully exploit the potential of the hybrid cloud and reap the benefits for their customers.

Through Juliette MacretVice president IBM Cloud – EMEA

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