A mixture of cloud and on-premise technology will shape the future of business. Here’s how to begin optimizing for success:

We’ve all seen that moment in a movie or TV show where a high-stakes gambler goes “all in” — shoving stacks of hard-won chips into the middle of the table and laying down their cards. No matter what happens next, you know that person is either very confident about winning, or courageous enough to risk it all.

When those working in IT go “all-in,” on the other hand, the only safe bet is getting fired — which explains why hybrid IT is quickly become the standard operating model.

As revolutionary as cloud computing has become for provisioning workloads and managing resources, for example, few organizations are prepared to go all-in on the cloud. Security and compliance remains a concern for many companies, as does the cost of investment, migration issues the complexity of managing multiple environments.

Going all-in with an internal on on-premise approach isn’t really an option either. You can’t be as innovative as many firms want to be when data center capacity limits the ability to develop new products and services. Digital transformation — which could include everything from harnessing big data and analytics to empowering employees and customers with mobile technologies — will always be on the back burner if you can’t easily provision new features and capabilities.

Finally, the rise of more nimble startups disrupting financial services, transportation, retail and other industries means most organizations have to strike some kind of balance between using both the cloud and on-premise IT to deliver a single workload or application.

READ MORE to figure out how to fine-tune or optimize your approach to offer the best results for the business.

Blog originally published May 3, 2017 on Cogeco Peer 1’s blog.