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Hybrid IT services are crucial for digital transformation

Kareyst Lin | Oct. 31, 2016
Seventy-five percent of organisations already outsource managed services as business growth remains a priority, according to CenturyLink's study.

Hybrid information technology (IT) is the pervasive IT infrastructure model for organisations in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), according to a new report from CenturyLink.

This is because a vast majority are taking transformative steps to match workloads to their best execution venue across a blend of in-house and third-party services, the IT solutions company said in a press statement on 26 October 2016.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 reveals that 73 percent of organisations are aware of the hybrid IT deployment model. Seventy-five percent of them already outsource at least one or more data centre, network, security or applications services to third-party managed service providers.

In addition, 84 percent of organisations cite security as the key driver to consider managed service providers.

A hybrid IT model requires strategic alignment between internal and external IT professionals to match business applications to their best execution venue. This approach enables rapid provision of IT services as well as risk mitigation, and thus is appealing to security-conscious executives.

But at the same time, "as more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, leaders need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings," said Gery Messer, Managing Director, Asia Pacific (APAC), CenturyLink. "Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation."

The report also found that service delivery improvements involving data centres (63 percent) and network (52 percent) are key drivers for executives to outsource IT services.

"The transformation journey from traditional IT to hybrid IT becomes the new normal for enterprises across APAC," said Ajay Sunder, Vice President, Telecoms, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. "This is a result of organisational priorities as they keep up with business growth momentum. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy."

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016.


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