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The State of Orchestration 2017

The State of Orchestration 2017

Businesses Increasingly Turning to Orchestration to Tame Hybrid IT Complexity, says Fujitsu Market Report

Last month at Fujitsu Forum, I introduced the results of a recent study, commissioned by Fujitsu and undertaken by leading analyst firm Forrester, that evaluated the strengths of service orchestration and Hybrid IT in the US, Australia, and Europe. Findings highlighted that Service Orchestration is the key that will enable businesses to accelerate the shift to the cloud, by unlocking the true potential of increasingly complex Hybrid IT infrastructures.

This growing complexity of today’s IT infrastructures has the potential to overshadow the benefits of digitalization, as businesses struggle to keep pace with technology change. However, the report showed that businesses increasingly recognize that to achieve true digital transformation, and to deliver value for their end customers, they must be able to coordinate and align all technology systems, processes and information silos with their business goals.

But how are organizations progressing with making this happen at a Hybrid IT level? The State of Orchestration – a 2017 Market Report by Fujitsu holds the answers; highlighting the attitudes, opinions and preferences of over 300 IT decision makers towards Hybrid IT Orchestration. More importantly, it examines progress they are making in this area and the things holding them back.

So, are enterprises embracing Orchestration? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ – we found that 60 percent of enterprises are now using it, with a further 32 percent planning to follow suit over the next 2 years. If you’re part of a forward-thinking organization, then you should at least be keeping up with the market by doing so, too.

Where is the Orchestration Market heading?

Attitudes to orchestration are certainly changing, as enterprises strive to take full advantage of their Hybrid IT environments. The State of Orchestration survey found that 35 percent have a Hybrid IT architecture in place, with orchestration being driven by a need to better connect and command legacy, on-premise and cloud-based assets – as well as the desire to manage numerous suppliers, services and systems, as a unified whole.

The survey report also supports the notion that CIOs have largely made peace with “shadow IT”: multiple uncoordinated cloud solutions purchased by business units, which IT organizations generally considered to have been implemented by mavericks – but which, in reality, were set up by departments that simply couldn’t wait for their lumbering IT departments to respond. The good news is that IT departments are waking up, realizing that they need to be proactive, and adopting orchestration services to ensure all pockets of shadow IT are properly managed as part of a wider Hybrid IT landscape. This, perhaps surprisingly for some hard-bitten IT managers, has proven to be a win-win situation.

How does your organization shape up?

All organizations and stakeholders have varying challenges, attitudes and practices in place when it comes to making Hybrid IT Orchestration work for them. They’re also progressing at a different pace when it comes to successfully adopting Orchestration as a crucial part of their Hybrid IT strategy.

So how do you compare to your peers who took part in the survey? Find out with our State Orchestration benchmarking tool – and download the report for the results in full.

Your next steps for embracing Hybrid IT Orchestration

Like 70 percent of CIOs surveyed, you may be ready to take the next step in utilizing Hybrid IT Orchestration. You may have already set up teams or, like 20 percent of respondents, are already planning pilot programs. Either way, complexity is probably a major barrier standing in your way.

Just like the conductor of an orchestra, who must decide which instruments best complement a musical score, then manage the nuances of tempo and volume while linking it all together, so that the audience hears a perfect piece of music – it can be complex and challenging to start orchestrating a Hybrid IT environment. However, the rewards – efficiency, control and agility to name only a few – are clear.

With that in mind, here are three steps for moving forward:

  1. Download the report and compare yourself to the findings at stateoforchestration.com
  2. Prioritise the elements of your Hybrid estate that need orchestrating now. They should fall into one of our six pillars – service, supplier, security, process, compliance or technical orchestration.
  3. Get in touch with our expert Hybrid IT ‘conductors’. As always, we’ll roll up our sleeves and co-create your orchestration with you – whether it’s full service management or a blend of modular tools needed to tackle things yourself.

For more information about how Fujitsu can help you tame your Hybrid IT environment, click here.

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