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Accelerating your cloud journey

By 2020, cloud will reach 60% of all IT infrastructure and 60 to 70% of all software services and technology spending

It’s no exaggeration to say that companies are adopting cloud technologies at a staggering pace. According to a report from IDC, at least half of IT spending by 2018 will be cloud-based. By 2020, cloud will reach 60 percent of all IT infrastructure, and 60 to 70 percent of all software, services, and technology spending. One reason is the threat of falling behind to competitors who are already reaping the business benefits of cloud.

So the question is not whether to adopt cloud technologies. It’s more about when and how to adopt, with less risk. This infosheet from Hitachi Consulting explores the keys to a successful journey to cloud. Important considerations for your cloud journey include:

Begin with business objectives

Ironically, the technology itself should not be the initial focus of the discussion but rather business objectives and implications.

Industry considerations

Companies need to consider various aspects of a cloud platform depending on their industry. A company’s systems of differentiation can be retained locally through an on-premises or private cloud approach and integrated with public cloud services to create a hybrid cloud architecture.

Security and privacy

Security and privacy are common concerns among companies making the move to cloud. As cloud services mature, so do security capabilities such as better integration, reduced complexity and enhanced security visibility.

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