It’s time to lift the lid on a disturbing new Jekyll & Hyde phenomenon rapidly taking over IT departments of businesses around the country. We are talking about the strange state of affairs known as ‘Hybrid IT.’

Sparked by research* revealing that this approach is a deliberate strategy for 73% of organizations, the research highlights the numerous problems a mix of often-conflicting IT platforms can cause. A cunning combination of private or public cloud, on-premise servers and data center services – deemed necessary to remain competitive – has increased the complexity of IT estates and the resultant muddled mess is making it difficult for IT decision-makers to innovate.

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Hybrid IT is likely to provide positive impacts such as an increase in business agility.

On the Dr. Jekyll side of the equation, the U.S. was unanimous in seeing some form of positive impact from Hybrid IT, with increased business agility being noted as a key benefit. Other benefits noted in global research include improved customer service (41 percent) and faster product development (34 percent).

However, lurking just beneath the surface, many admit to having witnessed a darker side to Hybrid IT. Mr. Hyde has well and truly reared his ugly face, such as by introducing IT complexity to such an extent that, in the US, 62 percent of organizations couldn’t take the journey alone, being forced to bring in additional external support to manage their Hybrid IT environment.

Perhaps most worryingly, just under half (49 percent) of the respondents surveyed claimed that the complexity of their Hybrid IT estate is hindering innovation in their organization. It seems somewhat ironic that IT tools implemented to help improve business growth, agility, and innovation have left many organizations paralyzed instead.

Alongside complexity, our data revealed that increased costs (25 percent) and a reduction in the level of governance (18 percent) and security (21 percent) have left some organizations counting the financial impact of running a Hybrid IT estate. Money is fast becoming a factor – half  have seen their operating costs rise thanks to Hybrid IT, adding an average of $275,778 to their bills each year. The rise in costs has hit the US the hardest, with 53 percent of organizations seeing a spending increase of around $30,938 per month, equivalent to another rather substantial $371,255 per year!  

The good news is that a professionally-prepared elixir with the right combination of ingredients can transform the Hyde in your IT environment into a much more agreeable Jekyll and tame the beast that is Hybrid IT.

Now, if you are fortunate to be blessed with a robust constitution, you are welcome to digest more scary survey snippets by downloading the white paper here but, be warned, you read at your peril!

*Research was conducted by Vanson Bourne, on behalf of Sungard Availability Services, to investigate the level of Hybrid IT adoption across five countries across the world, and whether this adoption had benefited the organization. 700 interviews were conducted online and over the telephone between September and November 2015, including 200 from the US, 150 from the UK, 150 from France and 100 each from Sweden and Ireland. The research questioned IT decision makers in businesses of over 500 employees across a variety of sectors, including financial services, professional services and retail.

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