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Reaching for the cloud

Ike Suarez | Nov. 7, 2013
Migration to new architecture is best practice: study

High performers—companies that excel in the use of IT—have taken better advantage of the cloud’s advent, according to a study by the technology, global management, and outsourcing provider, Accenture.

Use of this platform not only has brought down cost reductions, but also better alignments between the high performers’ IT project portfolios and the business goals of their respective organisations.

This was among the insights given in Accenture’s “High Performance in IT: Defined by Digital,” its 2013 report on its latest research into best practices worldwide in the use of IT. This has been an annual undertaking by the company since 2005.

The 2013 report on best practices involved results of in-depth surveys of views and data provided by senior IT executives in over 200 private and public sector organisations worldwide. The respondents came from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Replacing legacy components

The report said 33 percent of high performers are now replacing their legacy components with private and public cloud alternatives. They are also scouting opportunities to optimise the architecture’s use.

Likewise, 15 percent of the high performers already centrally manage a fully virtualised and dynamically provisioned infrastructure. A hybrid IT environment was expected by high performers in the foreseeable future.

Thus, a substantial portion of their IT footprint—infrastructure, middleware, or applications—would be hosted and on premise. This being the case, almost six in 10 of their applications would still adhere to the traditional licence model.

These migrations have already led to successful cost reductions, according to 33 percent of the high performers.

“To high performers, hybrid cloud is not just a stepping stone. It is integral to the future state of IT organisations,” the report said.


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