While hybrid cloud computing will play a critical role in enabling digital business transformation it turns out most IT organizations lack the skills and technologies required to achieve it.
A survey of 108 IT executives conducted by the research firm Pulse on behalf of CloudBolt Software, a provider of a cloud management platform, finds 94% believe hybrid cloud computing will be critical to digital transformation. A total of 92% also noted that empowering end users through self-service IT is a digital transformation accelerator, while 99% said successful automation depends on streamlining integrations.
However, 78% of respondents said they lack the visibility necessary to optimize cloud deployments. More than half (56%) believe that their self-service offerings fail to meet user needs and more than three-quarters (76%) still rely on some form of custom coding when it comes to integration.
In terms of the capabilities respondents are looking to acquire, 80% noted they want real-time insight into cost optimization and security remediation. A total of 71% want self-service to be easy for end users, while 62% want an approach to integration that doesn’t require deep domain knowledge or special expertise.
CloudBolt CEO Jeff Kukowski said the biggest immediate obstacle when it comes to hybrid cloud computing is the lack of visibility IT organizations have into their existing IT environments. IT teams are not going to be able to unify the management of distributed IT environments without it, much less achieve anything approach observability, noted Kukowski.
Pressure on IT organizations to accelerate application development while simultaneously reducing costs rose as the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic began. The challenge is that each new platform adopted by an organization tends to increase the total cost of IT as organization acquire tools and hire specialists to manage those platforms. It’s not likely all those platforms will be managed via a single console, but Kukowski said it’s clear IT organizations are moving toward a more federated approach that will enable them to centralize the management of IT.
In the meantime, Kukowski noted organization are collectively wasting billions of dollars on IT platforms that are employed inefficiently. Most of that waste stems from either overprovisioning of IT infrastructure, or simply because someone didn’t think to turn off a virtual machine left running on a cloud service.
It may be a while before IT organizations are able to strike that perfect balance between flexibility and control that currently remains elusive. However, organizations that focus on improving a few small things today will find themselves in a much better position to manage what is rapidly becoming an over extended enterprise tomorrow. Right now, Kukowski estimated only about a quarter of IT organizations have the sophistication required to manage a hybrid cloud computing environment.
There’s no doubt the management of IT will become more automated in the months and years ahead. The challenge organizations face today is determining what tasks either can or soon will be automated. Once that’s determined, it becomes a lot easier to identify what DevOps skills those IT teams will require tomorrow.