Yet some tech trends just can’t be ignored. For instance, the deluge of data
inundating local servers has inspired organizations of all shapes and sizes to
store and manage digital assets off-site, in the cloud. Over 50 percent of all
server workload is currently virtualized, according to the Cisco Global Cloud
Index, and this proportion is on the rise. Overall, data center workloads are predicted to triple by 2018, and cloud servers will process more than three-quarters
of this information.
To make the most of this maturing technology, many organizations are
looking to increase efficiency and productivity by integrating disparate cloud
services and applications, as well as existing on-location servers. Some want
to streamline public cloud data fragmented across enterprise systems to make
it easier for teams to collaborate—and for leaders to identify opportunities for
improvement. Others are investing in private clouds that need to communicate with public clouds and local servers for backup or collaboration purposes.
(Private clouds are used exclusively by one organization, while multiple tenants
share space on public clouds—see “A Hybrid Approach” sidebar.)
But whatever the business purpose, cloud integration projects should deliver
increased agility, a more consistent user experience and more actionable data
analysis, says Radovan Jovanovic, PMP, a Frankfurt, Germany-based principal
IT project consultant at SAP, a PMI Global Executive Council member.
In the ever-evolving IT world,
there’s always a better, faster
way to get things done. But
IT upgrade projects are rarely
cheap—and staying on top
of tech trends isn’t always a