"There absolutely is a huge opportunity for moving net new function, especially big data," which may not be affordable to store in the data centre, adds Merrill.
4. Change the culture
"We see especially in western countries this project base mentality," Merrill says. "A project gets approved, they come to the IT group with a bucketload of money" to buy servers and other IT gear, "and then they walk away."
"That one-time funding has to last for years and then the project never pays for ongoing maintenance."
Companies should instead embrace a consumption-based model, where companies own less infrastructure and pay for what they use, he says. This approach can reduce costs over the long term, he says.
Growth in big data will make a consumption-based approach critical, he says. "We just can't continue buying and acquiring IT assets."
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