Hy­brid IT - 5 Best Prac­tices For CIOs

Hy­brid IT is an ap­proach to en­ter­prise com­put­ing in which an or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides and man­ages in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy re­sources in-house but uses cloud - based ser­vices for oth­ers

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Of­fi­cial marching or­ders are con­sis­tently im­posed on CIOs and IT lead­ers. This is be­cause we live in an era of ex­po­nen­tial change driven not only by ad­vances in tech­nolo­gies, but also by how these tech­nolo­gies are com­bined such as mul­ti­ple cloud solutions integrated into ex­ist­ing IT sys­tems - a hy­brid IT setup.

Al­though CIOs are still ex­pected to sim­plify and up­grade IT and im­prove se­cu­rity, they are also ex­pected to focus on cus­tomer ac­qui­si­tion, and re­ten­tion, as well as lead prod­uct in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­rate on cus­tomer ini­tia­tives. In par­al­lel, de­pen­dence on tech­nol­ogy also means there is very lit­tle room for the slight­est in­ter­rup­tion in operations.

Kevin Vas­coni, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and CIO of Domino’s Pizza says, “The role of CIO is chang­ing…but it’s dif­fi­cult at times — like hav­ing to run two dif­fer­ent busi­nesses.” This is be­cause CIOs are hav­ing more in­volve­ment with top man­age­ment, and more in­ter­ac­tion with cus­tomers, cov­er­ing both strate­gic and func­tional roles.

IT in­vest­ments in tech ini­tia­tives need to con­tinue. Cloud com­put­ing has helped many en­ter­prises trans­form IT prac­tices over the past five years. AWS started the cloud com­put­ing wave when it launched in 2006. Since then, the cloud be­came an es­tab­lished re­al­ity. Or­ga­ni­za­tions fo­cused on cloud-first strate­gies be­cause they ac­cepted

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