A recently commissioned survey from SUSE with Insight Avenue explores business-relevant technologies and approaches taken by IT leaders around the globe with a focus on how hybrid cloud and software-defined infrastructure are supporting IT transformation efforts.
Even before we had to face the pressures of the pandemic, the move to digitized business models has been critical for UK business leaders to stay ahead within their markets. Our survey confirmed that UK tech leaders have no time to spare in accelerating digital transformation for their businesses. A huge majority in the UK (89%) see the next two years as critical for making a tangible difference with their tech investments. Before the pandemic, nearly two-thirds (74%) said they are under more pressure to deliver tangible outcomes for the business than they were 12 months ago.
Outcome-focused tech that matters
Increasing agility is the number one driver of IT transformation efforts for IT leaders. UK businesses want the agility to support tech transformation and faster results, focusing on security, speed, efficiency and overall cost reduction.
To support this, the reduction of application delivery cycle times and delivering new applications and updates more rapidly is seen as an important way to improve agility. Containers will play a determining role in the speed of application delivery. Also, HPC, IoT, edge computing and open source technology in general are seen key to this transformation.
Hybrid cloud – the future of the data centre
Enterprises needs a choice of where to run their solutions – from the data center to different clouds. Portability and scalability, coupled with robust tools, to operate converged container and virtual infrastructure across cloud environments are pivotal to drive business forward, with a seamless bridge between environments.
In 2017, hybrid cloud use was forecast to increase in 65% of UK organizations and this appears to have been the case. In 2020, 37% of the UK tech leaders are forecasting an increase in hybrid cloud use over the next two years while 57% expect use to stay the same.
More than half of UK tech leaders (59%) say that hybrid cloud represents the future of the data centre. But 64% found migrating workloads from public to private cloud to be difficult.
Hybrid cloud lack of skills decelerates growth
The pace of innovation is constantly accelerating, making the right technology investments and to ensure these investments work in delivering key outcomes for the business is critical. Therefore the lack of skills makes it difficult for UK tech leaders to advance as quickly as they would like. 37% experience a lack of skills in hybrid cloud within their IT-teams. And, coupled with this, IT leaders see hybrid cloud (64%) as very important for them to gain more experience to progress personally and professionally. 75% say tech professionals are increasingly taking responsibility for their own learning and development.
As part of our efforts to support customers in difficult times SUSE offers special programs to help businesses fast-track their digital transformation, providing free access to SUSE online training. Work-from-home mandates are making it difficult for IT data center and cloud professionals to keep their technology skills up to date. Therefore SUSE has made available course content from existing training videos on the SUSE Technical Training YouTube channel. Also SUSECON Digital offers more than 150 free technical sessions and keynotes from technical experts, ecosystem partners and peers from around the world.
This insight is part of techUK's Cloud Week 2020. You can find related news and insights here.