Remaining competitive in today’s modern workplace is all about supporting the vastly different and diversified requirements of an increasingly mobile workforce. You need to flexibly manage, reliably deliver, and completely secure business applications, devices, and data, end to end. Anything less, and the business suffers.

According to CIO Review, 80 percent of the IT industry is still running critical services on traditional infrastructures. That makes modernizing the enterprise a significant area of opportunity for CIOs and technology leaders who can leverage existing investments with intelligently deployed cloud services. But going all in on single-vendor clouds can mean vendor lock-in, continuing the tradition of rigid systems that can’t flex to support rapidly evolving opportunity. Also, going all-cloud all at once can be inefficient and disruptive.

The roadmap to truly modernizing the business lies with maximizing existing infrastructure and investments. Essentially, a modern enterprise is one that is finely-tuned to meet the unique needs of your users while optimizing existing infrastructures to meet those needs in an intuitive, flexible way.

Three steps to modernize your business

Take your own approach to modernizing your infrastructure by managing and aggregating cloud services and choosing where and how workloads and data reside in your hybrid and multi-cloud environment.

  1. Identify ways to simplify

Through 2020, Gartner predicts that 80 percent of traditional IT delivery will fall short of cost-savings targets due to unnecessary complexity that is not addressed. Identifying, consolidating, and reducing assets can simplify your infrastructure without significant additional investment. Simplify to make the best investments for infrastructure modernization and to position the IT organization at the center of your business.

  1. Use cloud when and where it makes sense

Advance your cloud strategy at your own pace. Whether you go all in, start service by service, or work with multiple or hybrid cloud solutions, make sure your strategy is flexible enough to accommodate where you need to take your business. By adopting cloud solutions where they make sense, you can give users reliable access to all apps and content they need, while ensuring that IT teams have the simplified control and proven security they need to efficiently manage your entire environment.

  1. Optimize user experience

Engage users with the flexibility they need to be productive anywhere, on any device, with access to critical apps and data and a consistent, personalized, and intuitive experience. A great experience for your workforce means that they will adopt the solutions needed to meet IT goals of security and efficiency and reduce the risk of shadow IT. With a unified approach to securing, managing, and monitoring apps, the IT team can be more efficient, employees can be more productive, and your organization can flexibly evolve as needed.

Value of the modern enterprise

By modernizing and maximizing existing investments in a thoughtful, strategic way, you can rapidly align user needs and optimize security, costs, and performance on any cloud or business infrastructure.

Critical Application And Business KPIs For Successful Cloud Migration, an IDC White Paper, sponsored by AppDynamics, August,2017