Two-fifths of companies already have a Hybrid IT environment in place and 79% say it is inevitable that the future of corporate IT is Hybrid, according to a recent global survey of IT leaders by the Hybrid Hive.
Despite this positive outlook, however, there are still a number of barriers preventing this approach from becoming the norm.
While it is clear Hybrid IT is going to become increasingly business-critical in future (81% say they will have to deploy a Hybrid IT environment to achieve company objectives), concerns such as security and a lack of knowledge are still holding IT leaders back.
1. IT leaders may be neglecting the long-term benefits
More than half (57%) of IT leaders say cost-reduction is their main driver for adopting Hybrid IT.
Nobody can deny that driving down expenses is important. But it is very much a short-term benefit that arguably doesn’t do justice to the modern IT department, which is now a much more commercial function with a bigger focus on revenue growth.
The ability to innovate is perhaps one of the most powerful benefits that Hybrid IT can bring. Yet only 45% of IT leaders cite this as a driver for adoption.
Increased speed to market, too, is a hugely valuable long-term benefit. But a mere 37% put it forward as a reason to build a Hybrid IT environment.
The need to digitise fared even worse at 22% – surprising given the massive drive towards digital transformation we’ve seen in the past couple of years.
All of this suggests IT leaders are still under huge pressure to deliver quick wins like cost savings and improved efficiency. But it’s important to strike the balance between short-term gains and long-term strategic moves that could reap huge benefits in future.
2. Security concerns aren’t going away
IT leaders – and indeed all business leaders worth their salt – are naturally concerned about security, particularly when it comes to data stored in cloud applications.
Fear of outside attacks is by far the biggest barrier to Hybrid adoption, with 48% of IT decision-makers citing this.
You only need to look at high-profile cases like the TalkTalk breach to understand why – £60m and 100,000 customers lost is not a particularly attractive prospect.
But in many cases these security concerns go further than simply playing on IT leaders’ minds – 32% say it is the single biggest barrier preventing them from adopting a Hybrid IT environment.
This means IT leaders across the world are missing out on the many benefits of Hybrid because their fears are holding them back.
Security is important, but so is a reasonable balance of risk vs. reward. And when security fears are stifling productivity and innovation you’ve got a problem.
3. Huge Hybrid knowledge gaps remain
Could the reason for security concerns be as simple as fear of the unknown?
The research found 37% of IT leaders don’t know what ‘good’ looks like when it comes to Hybrid IT, while only a third say they do.
Such a knowledge gap could result in one of two things:
- IT decision-makers hold back from implementing Hybrid IT because they’re fearful of getting it wrong.
- They do implement a Hybrid environment, but in a way that doesn’t allow them to fully reap the benefits. Or worse: isn’t as secure as it could be.
The answer, of course, is education.
Almost two-thirds (62%) of IT leaders say they need more help understanding Hybrid IT and its implications.
This is hugely encouraging. Clearly, IT leaders across the world are keen to learn more about this approach and make the potential Hybrid future highlighted in the report a reality.
There are plenty of resources out there that can help, and our bank of Hybrid IT whitepapers is a great place to start!
Download the full report for lots more insight around the state of Hybrid IT