In light of cloud’s growing impact on IT, we’ve rounded up five recent reports from Forrester, McKinsey and other industry leaders to help you answer important questions. Have an article to add? Tweet the link to @Apptio.

US Tech Market Outlook For 2017 And 2018: Mostly Sunny, With Clouds And Chance Of Rain – Forrester

By: Andrew Bartels

US Tech Market Outlook For 2017 And 2018: Mostly Sunny, With Clouds And Chance Of Rain

Report summary:

CIOs and other tech decision makers face a positive economic environment, but an uncertain political environment in 2017 and 2018. Growing consumer spending and business investment will keep CIOs focused on the business technology (BT) agenda for winning, serving, and retaining customers. BT adoption, in turn, is pushing cloud-enabled changes in back-office systems and infrastructure. Meanwhile, a new administration in Washington raises the possibility of major changes in tax, trade, and regulatory policies. 

The report highlights:

  • The growing cloud impact on tech budgets
  • How CIOs are accelerating IT spend to support the growing business technology agenda
  • Forrester’s analysis of how the new administration will affect US tech markets in 2017 and 2018 and the effect on IT as a result

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Embracing a Hybrid IT Mindset – Apptio

Embracing a Hybrid IT Mindset

Executive brief summary:

Cloud adoption naturally cycles through four key phases: transparency, planning, engagement, and optimization. CIOs who use this sequence will better determine where and when to use cloud, plan for migration and demand, engage the business in cloud decisions, and optimize cost and performance on an ongoing basis. 

What you’ll learn:

  • Common success factors for using a cloud business model to capitalize on opportunities
  • How not to get stuck in a defensive posture
  • Four steps to successfully manage hybrid IT environments 

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Six Steps to Cloud Migration Success – Accenture

By: Brian Sullivan

Six Steps to Cloud Migration Success

Summary:

Many businesses have a cloud adoption strategy, but struggle during actual migration because they lack a clear road map. Accenture’s Brian Sullivan details our six best practices for a successful cloud migration.

What you’ll learn:

  • The best way to approach your organization’s migration to cloud
  • How to minimize company-wide disruption, enabling flexibility and agility
  • How to align cloud purchases with business goals

Read the blog post now.

What does the Microsoft and Cloudyn acquisition mean for the industry? – Apptio

By: Sunny Gupta

What does the Cloudyn acquisition mean for the industry?

Summary:

Apptio CEO Sunny Gupta takes the pulse of the cloud market after Microsoft announces plans to acquire cloud management company Cloudyn.

What you’ll learn:

  • How IT organizations are leveraging the public cloud to drive their business forward
  • Challenges faced by IT leaders as a result of public cloud
  • Public cloud infrastructure trends across the IT industry

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Leaders and laggards in enterprise cloud infrastructure adoption – McKinsey

By: Nagendra Bommadevara, James Kaplan, and Irina Starikova

Leaders and laggards in enterprise cloud infrastructure adoption

Article summary:

CIOs, CTOs, and heads of infrastructure at large enterprises have shared their frustrations about adopting cloud-based platforms and migrating processing workloads to virtual environments. To address those frustrations, McKinsey surveyed senior business and technology leaders in more than 50 large organizations in Europe and North America to learn more about their adoption of cloud and next-generation infrastructure.

The article highlights:

  • Key findings on cloud adoption across industries under significant pressure to introduce digital capabilities
  • Changes to the IT operating model that result from the move to cloud
  • The key to becoming a cloud-adoption leader

Read the full article now.

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