The 2017 IT Trends Report: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization

SolarWinds recently released the 2017 IT Trends Report: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization, which highlights the current trends in IT from the perspective of IT professionals. The full details of the report, as well as recommendations for hybrid IT success, can be found at it-trends.solarwinds.com.

The findings are based on a survey fielded in December 2016. It yielded responses from 205 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in the U.S. and Canada from public and private-sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies that leverage cloud-based services for at least some of their IT infrastructure. The results of the survey illustrate what a modern hybrid IT organization looks like, and shows cost benefits of the cloud, as well as the struggle to balance shifting job and skill dynamics. 

The following are some key takeaways from the 2017 IT Trends Report:

  1. Moving more applications, storage, and databases into the cloud.
  2. Experiencing the cost efficiencies of the cloud.
  3. Building and expanding cloud roles and skill sets for IT professionals.
  4. Increasing complexity and lacking visibility across the entire hybrid IT infrastructure.

Cloud and hybrid IT are a reality for many organizations today. They have created a new era of work that is more global, interconnected, and flexible than ever. At the same time, the benefits of hybrid IT introduce greater complexity and technology abstraction. IT professionals are tasked with devising new and creative methods to monitor and manage these services, as well as prepare their organizations and themselves for continued technology advancements.

Are these consistent with your organizational directives and environment? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

  • As Amazon (with the typo) and Dyn (with the massive ddos) proved to us recently, everyone knows when the cloud is broken. Never thought I would live to see the day that when the sky is clear and not a cloud in the sky is a sign of bad things and many tears of sadness start falling!

  • Ah, but if the cloud breaks, and no one notices, is it really broken?

  • As I just mentioned in a different post, I work for a hybrid cloud solutions provider so I am probably a bit biased on this but I truly do think that a hybrid approach provides the flexibility to meet just about any need.  It's also worth noting that we use SolarWinds solutions for monitoring all of our hybrid solutions from the infrastructure and data-centers all the way up through the applications.

  • Happily, Solarwinds proves it's the cloud.

  • "The top reason given for bringing applications and infrastructure back on-premises was security and compliance (28%), followed by poor performance (21%)."

    This says a lot to me. This means that everyone touting the "increased performance" and "effortless state of the art security and compliance" really are not able to deliver on those promises.

    I find it amusing that the three biggest things the "Cloud Zealot's" tout are security, performance, and price compared to on prem options, and two of those three things are the biggest reasons people bring things back on prem. In the end you really do get what you pay for. If moving something to the cloud cuts your costs, either you did something wrong when you bought the system, or your cutting something from the picture. If your cost savings are coming from cutting back on IT staff, you will just be shooting yourself in the foot. You still need people to work with the systems, otherwise you have no one to blame when it stops working properly. You can't move all your databases to the cloud and get rid of your DBA's.

    Our HR department decided to move their ERP from in house to a cloud vendor thinking they would save themselves a lot of time and effort with dealing with the system. They found out the hard way that this resulted in them having to actually do MORE work because of the system, and they ended up hiring a dedicated person just to deal with that system. So instead of saving money, their Cloud in Shining Armor that was going to save them money, ended up costing them an entire FTE. This is a perfect example of them being sold a bill of goods and not understand what they were buying into. They thought the vendor would handle all the data entry and everything like that and literally do HR's job for them. They got a rude awakening on day 1 that is for sure. It is also costing them a lot more for it then they initially thought as well. They didn't realize that to get all the functionality of the system, they had to pay for all the various pieces of it and not just the bare minimum.

    The cloud is not all shiny and perfect people. It is just someone elses physical infrastructure with the same points of failure and flaws that your on-prem stuff can have.

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