Cloud spending is riding high. Enterprises already run nearly three-quarters of workloads in the cloud. Public-cloud uptake, in particular, is surging – much to the joy of tech giants such as Amazon, which now generates close on 60% of its operating income from web services. According to IDC, public-cloud spending is now growing twice as fast as spending on private-cloud infrastructure. Hybrid cloud – a mix of both – is gaining ground.

Hybrid is the solution of choice

Most enterprises favor hybrid cloud configurations, with on-premise infrastructure for critical or sensitive workloads combined with public cloud. The trouble is, this can make for a complex landscape, particularly when enterprises source cloud services from multiple providers. IT staff can in fact spend inordinate amounts of time just keeping things ticking over; around three quarters say they spend significant time on admin.

Hybrid infrastructure hasn’t changed the goalposts for CIOs. They are still under pressure to get the complexity out of IT and do more with stretched budgets. Not to mention the constant quest for talented people to make it all work.

Have a roadmap

So how can CIOs make hybrid cloud infrastructure work for their business?

The one hard-and-fast rule is this: have a roadmap. Know where you’re heading, to make certain that your hybrid cloud and choice of service model – PaaS, SaaS or IaaS are common choices – are the right fit for your business. It’s also vital to make cloud adoption measurable. Most companies move to cloud to reduce cost – but are often unclear what they are actually spending on the cloud. Before you start, figure out what it will take to create the unified view of costs to measure success.

A number of companies have already found our Cognizant Cloud Steps Transformation Framework highly valuable, with its systematic steps of Assess & Plan, Set Up, Migrate and Manage. It applies a proven transformation process with checks and balances along the journey to the preferred cloud model.

Learn more

Cognizant has helped many organizations make the transition to hybrid and multi-cloud landscapes. You can read some of the cases studies – and learn how Cognizant can deliver impact for your company – at Cognizant Cloud Services.