Hybrid cloud is driving a major shift in the evolution of enterprise IT.
Back in 2018, an IDC Maturity Scape benchmark study revealed that 85% of enterprises polled in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) rated at two out of five in IDC’s cloud maturity model. A year later, Gartner’s Hype Cycle for hybrid infrastructure services research estimated that only about 15% of large enterprises had implemented hybrid cloud computing beyond its most basic approach in Asia Pacific.
And then 2020 happened. The pandemic has compelled organisations to reshape their IT strategy. IDC estimates that 99% of enterprises are facing pressure to transform digitally, while over 60% of enterprises  in APeJ will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private cloud, several public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs, all while working with tighter budgets and a remote workforce to support innovative business models.
Irrespective of the size of the organization, execution of a well-planned cloud strategy is needed to accelerate the digital transformation and business outcomes. What is important, however, is to also protect businesses from the risks of potential outages, data breaches, and escalating costs. But, with the right architecture, these risks can be mitigated. Data can be sourced and applied, no matter where it resides and no matter what form it’s in — structured or unstructured. Innovation can be accessed from wherever a business chooses to do so. Workloads, data, and virtual machines can be placed where it makes the most sense while being secure and compliant, particularly for regulated industries. And legacy workloads and applications can be modernized. All of this with an approach tailored to meet the unique needs of the organization.
At IBM, we understand the importance of meeting client needs wherever they are in their unique journey.
Reborn in the cloud: The APAC success stories
A large ASEAN bank needed to accelerate its pace of innovation, be prepared for changing market dynamics, and deliver new solutions and experiences for its customers. IBM and the client worked together to create a new environment that would drive capacity management and rapid API development. This resulted in a simplified and automated platform that supports digital projects and hybrid cloud orchestration, ensuring policy compliance across all environments.
A leading automotive company in Australia had their infrastructure reliability decline as business volumes increased — particularly during peak times. IBM partnered with the client to migrate its existing SAP infrastructure to the cloud, with data migration requiring only 12 hours — resulting in a resilient, scalable, and reliable transformation that allowed handling of increased volume gracefully.
In both cases, what stands out is a successful adoption of the IBM hybrid cloud platform and approach to meet growing business needs and expectations.
What makes the IBM approach unique?
- Industry expertise in mission-critical business processes: With the most qualified and experienced practitioners in the hybrid approach, reworking legacy applications is easier.
- Proven security, compliance, and governance: Embedded into our hybrid cloud architecture, IBM Threat Management solutions — built on open standards — give a unified view across security tools, enabling quick action to mitigate threats.
- Built to run anywhere with consistency: At the heart of IBM's hybrid cloud platform approach is Red Hat OpenShift, allowing businesses to develop and consume cloud services anywhere and from any cloud.
- Gives you the innovation edge: IBM lets you tap the unmatched pace and quality of innovations from the open source community.
- Automate, predict, and modernize workflows: IBM's automation, data, and integration tools can help clients fully implement intelligent workflows in their business. These tools run on Red Hat OpenShift through IBM Cloud Pak® solutions.
As clients are gearing up to get a headstart on their IT strategy in this new normal, IBM’s unique approach is positioned to enable clients to adapt with ease, based on their individual organization needs and maturity.
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 IDC FutureScape, Worldwide Cloud 2020 Predictions — APEJ Implications, January 2020