Survey Says: Composability and Continuous Delivery Accelerate Business Initiatives and Deliver a Competitive Advantage

February 27, 2018 • Blog Post • Gary Thome


  • To keep customers up-to-date on the evolving state of Hybrid IT, HPE commissioned Forrester to conduct a survey amongst 500 IT decision makers from across the globe
  • The report confirms what we have observed for some time — the way the world conducts business is dramatically changing

Chief Technologist Gary Thome shares highlights from a new Forrester survey on the current state of Hybrid IT

As I meet with you, nearly every conversation revolves around helping you manage the complexities of deploying workloads across both public clouds and your data centers as you strive to launch new applications and services. You are under pressure in what seems to be a race to deliver new capabilities which enhance customer engagements and improve business operations. We call this transition to multi-cloud and on-premises, Hybrid IT.

We were curious to better understand how IT is dealing with this transition, so we commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a survey to evaluate the current state of Hybrid IT. The results were insightful, and I wanted to share with you some of the key findings so you can better understand how you can tune your own Hybrid strategies.

Hybrid by accident

The first finding surprised me. While Hybrid IT is the new normal, two-thirds of businesses ended up with a hybrid estate by accident – not design. The study found that companies that did not plan for hybrid more often struggled with execution of their strategy and were forced to rework their plans. On the other hand, customers who built Hybrid IT strategies from the ground up and implemented composable infrastructure with continuous delivery automation were able to better meet customer expectations, streamline business processes, and gain a competitive advantage. These were powerful outcomes.

The arrival ... and business-driving aspects ... of composability

Another big takeaway from the research was that composability is proving to be a key business driver. Customers who adopted both composable infrastructure and continuous delivery reported increased control and greater business benefits.


  • 92% experienced faster, more flexible, and more efficient ecosystems
  • 91% have gained an edge over competitors
  • 89% increased selling opportunities
  • 86% have streamlined business processes


These are just a few of the many insights gleaned from the Forrester survey of 562 IT decision makers across the globe. We hear these findings echoed by our customers who have adopted HPE Synergy, the industrys first composable infrastructure. After releasing Synergy just over one year ago, weve seen incredibly strong product growth and adoption – now with over 1,400 customers using Synergy to simplify and accelerate DevOps and business innovation.

In addition, we recently launched HPE OneSphere, a multi-cloud management platform which enables IT, developers and lines of business to collaborate more effectively, gain insights across a hybrid estate, and build clouds and apps faster.

Growing appreciation for IT

The survey also highlighted that businesses are looking more and more to IT to drive digital transformation and deliver business value. Enterprises expect IT to contribute highly or even outright own the responsibility of understanding their customers through data (80%) and improving user experience across channels. This means you are in the driver seat and it is our mission to help you succeed. To find out how HPE's composable infrastructure on HPE OneSphere can help you, click here.


Please join the conversation on how is hybrid IT making a difference in your world.



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