Beyond agility

How cloud is driving enterprise innovation

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Authors: Bill Karpovich

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, General Manager of Strategy and Offerings, IBM Watson and Cloud,
Lynn Kesterson-Townes

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, Global Cloud & Quantum Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value, Global Business Services,
Sanjay Rishi

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, IBM General Manager of Cloud Consulting Services

The cloud revolution has advanced Five years ago, enterprises were implementing cloud primarily to streamline IT infrastructure and cut costs. Today, organizations are unleashing the power of cloud as business optimizers, innovators and disruptors. Where companies choose to direct their cloud initiatives depends on a variety of factors. These factors include their goals and strategies, how much risk they are willing to assume, their current competitive context and their customer needs. In this report, we examine the evolution of cloud-enabled business transformation over the last five years, cloud strategies leaders are using to drive business innovation today and techniques organizations can use to employ cloud to attain their distinct business goals in the future.

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