Even though clouds are advancing slowly, they are nevertheless the standard of the future. This is, simply stated, the belief held by German companies. According to the IDC study “Hybrid Cloud in Germany 2015/16”, companies are considerably picking up the pace when it comes to the digital transformation. In 2015, one in four German companies already utilized hybrid clouds, which is an increase of 5 percent over the previous year. Cloud computing is the most important technology for implementing digital transformation, even ahead of big data and the Internet of things. The main aims of its application are automating and optimizing business processes, implementing the requirements of specialized departments in a faster and more flexible way, as well as improving IT efficiency.
Yet what has become of the previous reservations concerning the cloud, the infamous “German Angst”? Even though more than one in three companies consider ensuring the security and compliance to be a challenge when setting up hybrid IT landscapes, this fear is slowly eroding. This is possibly due to the many offers by public cloud providers based on German contract laws and data centers on German ground coupled with new solution methods that allow storage of the data outside the public cloud.
Accordingly, other challenges are increasingly becoming the focus of attention, such as the avoidance of vendor lock-in, which is currently named as frequently as compliance. There is also a variety of solutions available for this. They include open source technologies such as OpenStack, software-defined data centers, container solutions, or hybrid clouds. These allow companies to benefit from maximum quality, performance, flexibility, and scalability.
With these solutions, the challenges of digitization can be mastered, such as elaborate transformation processes resulting from technical complexity and employees’ lack of IT qualifications. A genuine hybrid cloud allows the agile implementation of new business processes, as well as mobile jobs, customer self-service for improving customer experience, or the easy analysis of even the hugest amounts of business data. Automation allows companies to provide new business processes as quickly as expected by their internal customers.
In short, it can be said that digitization cannot be implemented without the cloud. The transformation should also not be delayed by security considerations or cost discussions. To successfully master digital transformation, companies have to internalize the fact that current requirements of optimized business processes for the development of new products, services, and business models that keep them competitive can only be flexibly implemented with hybrid clouds that combine the traditional and agile aspects of the IT world.