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Hybrid approaches are much discussed. However, most discussions center around on-premise cloud, public cloud or a hybrid approach. Here is some food for thought regarding the application of this approach to many more alternatives in IT.

Discussions about cloud computing usually lead to the conclusion that hybrid cloud deployments are the preferred alternative to legacy data centers. Traditional data centers are kept on premise and less strategic, often new IT systems and services are deployed in a cloud model, often in a SaaS model.

However, enterprises looking at “hybrid” only from this perspective miss major opportunities for their digital transformation. Hybrid should be interpreted in a much broader sense, not only in terms of cloud computing, in order to leverage the full potential of emerging technologies. Here is a list of potential other pairs of opposites that may also be eligible for hybrid deployment.

  • system of record vs. system of engagement
  • system of record vs. system of information
  • system of record vs. system of analytics
  • system of record vs. system of experience
  • traditional business vs. new business
  • stationary IT vs. mobile IT
  • private cloud vs. public cloud
  • managed cloud vs. outsourcing
  • encrypted vs. non-encrypted
  • strictly internal vs. shared with customers/partners
  • on disk vs. in-memory
  • on disk vs. in-flash
  • on backup medium vs. archived
  • in-house staff vs. mixed project teams
  • waterfall model vs. scrum / design thinking
  • SQL vs. no-SQL
  • structured data vs. semi-structured (unstructured) data
  • traditional licensing vs. open source

Readers may extend the list based on their own experience and perspectives.

Bottom line: The IT world is far from being “0s” and “1s” or black and white. Instead, it is a continuum of alternatives, most of which allow hybrid deployment. Thus CIOs should open their minds and find the right way to “future-proof” themselves and their IT, embracing all facets of enterprise digital transformation.