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The Strategic CIO's Playbook

The right mix of hybrid IT will provide the agility, flexibility and scale that needed to accelerate digital transformation. This guide explores the foundational components of hybrid IT, and the strategies to help CIOs partner with the business that will drive growth.

CIOs aspire to create the “perfect” IT environment to drive business growth. But every environment is unique. True digital transformation requires a hybrid IT model that blends on-premises systems, cutting-edge platforms, and cloud services that, together, accelerate IT’s ability to meet changing business demands.

The best chance for CIOs to re-establish both stability and relevance for enterprise IT is by collaborating with business counterparts to create a strategic roadmap for hybrid IT—a combination of traditional IT, managed services, and private and public cloud that is agile and scalable enough to support ever-changing business demands.

This guide explores the foundational components of hybrid IT, the strategies to help CIOs partner with the business, and key plays that, if executed successfully, enable successful and sustainable digital transformation.

What you’ll find inside:

From functional to transformational and beyond: CIOs must find the right balance between business innovation and operational excellence.

Set priorities: A focus of the modern IT organization is about improving employee productivity, customer satisfaction, and containing costs.

Partner with the business: Aligning with the business is critical for successful digital transformation. A trusted partner can position IT as an enabling force for innovation.

Get in shape: Data center modernization is key. A successful hybrid IT model requires four important building blocks.

Speed it up: CIOs must rethink traditional on-premises infrastructure. A single, composable infrastructure enables maximum flexibility and efficiency.

Keep it secure: Security should be baked into all aspects of a hybrid IT model, from on-premises systems to cloud applications.

Unlock the potential: Organizations must prepare for a future characterized by edge analytics, which uses machine learning to transform data wherever it resides and send insights—not just raw data—back to the core.

Charting a new course: Flexibility, agility, innovation, and a laser focus on enabling the business are the keys to a successful digital transformation.