Business leaders in the Philippines are making firm steps towards transforming their approaches to complement their organization’s digital transformation requirements despite having to also manage legacy IT infrastructure. 38% of business leaders in the country are prioritizing hybrid cloud over public only or private only cloud solutions for their organizations in the near future. These are some of the key findings in the Microsoft Asia Pacific survey of 1,200 IT department leaders across 12 markets to understand how they are evolving their IT infrastructure strategies to meet the needs of a digital business.
Digital Transformation is now more than ever – an important business decision
The next few years will be critical to enterprise decision makers as they execute on plans for a transition to a modern cloud-based IT infrastructure needed to serve their digital business needs. According to IDC, 60% of top 1,000 Asia Pacific organizations will have a digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategy by the end of 2017.
Digital Now or Digital Mess
IT department leaders within these businesses are constantly struggling to balance legacy IT needs, budget demands and the need to modernize to meet the demands for a digital future. The survey found that currently, 31% of respondents in the Philippines are already on the hybrid cloud journey which is expected to increase to 46% in the next 12 – 18 months. 45% are still only using private cloud and 15% are using purely public cloud solutions. The study showed that respondents are not likely to increase their investments in private or public only cloud solutions, reinforcing the demand for a more integrated, hybrid approach.
In the Philippines’ fast-growing consumer economy, the Hybrid Cloud is the best option
In a fast-growing consumer-demand driven economy like ours, businesses need to have the latest digital tools to keep up with that demand or else get eaten up by competition. But what about the opportunity costs in additional investment and time required for digital transformation?
Adopting the hybrid cloud study is then the best option in looking to take advantage of modern cloud computing capabilities while continuing to manage their traditional assets.
Of the 46% of IT department leaders prioritizing the hybrid cloud, 8 out of 10 said they would prioritize an integrated hybrid cloud, with common management tools across both public and private cloud.
However, the study also showed that most IT department leaders in the Philippines have traditional views of the cloud. While 83% said they would be comfortable hosting all their business applications on the public cloud in the future, respondents are only using it for basic applications such as email (74%) and customer facing applications (43%). Only 22% of respondents are using the cloud for application development and operations.
Microsoft Introduces Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 to accelerate move to a highly secure Hybrid Cloud
Enterprise decision makers need to start the planning of their organization’s digital transformation journey today, and it starts with a clear hybrid cloud strategy. By bringing a cloud model to the business, IT department leaders can add scalability and flexibility to their current model, without sacrificing control or security.
Microsoft has uniquely built-in security to all its cloud and hybrid infrastructure services in an integrated way and at all levels– devices, applications & infrastructure. A firm milestone in Microsoft’s commitment to enabling digital transformation is the General Availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 in the Philippines.
- Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports the organization’s current workload while introducing new technologies that make it easier and safer to transition to cloud needed for digital businesses. It delivers powerful innovations including advanced multi-layer security to prevent cyber-attacks and detect suspicious activities; software-defined compute, storage and network features inspired by Azure; and a cloud-ready application platform to deploy and run existing and cloud-native applications.
- System Center 2016 makes it easy for organizations to deploy, configure and manage virtualized, software-defined datacenters and hybrid cloud infrastructures. The latest release of System Center offers an array of new capabilities that amplify the ability to meet the most demanding business requirements, providing support for everything from provisioning the physical and virtual infrastructure to IT process and service management. When complemented with Operations Management Suite, organizations will be able to effectively simplify and manage multiple cloud solutions from a single console.
Customers can get started now by trying out the System Center 2016 evaluation, Operations Management Suite as well as downloading the Windows Server 2016 Evaluation.