Digital transformation is a large undertaking, whether you're a massive corporation or a mom-and-pop shop. Eschewing the customs of the past can be tricky — whether we’re talking about paper receipts, siloed digital and brick-and-mortar systems, or outmoded marketing programs. But 89% of IT decision makers say digital transformation is so important that they’re working on a strategy to make it happen, even though it may be a complicated process.

Stay on the sunny side of the cloud

IDG Research learned last year that more than half of IT leaders report having to move one or more workloads back from a public cloud to a dedicated server. It turns out the cloud is best when consumed as part of a balanced IT diet, rather than the entire meal.

If you’ve been putting off cloud migration in the hopes the whole affair would become less complex, it’s probably time to stop holding your breath. Architecting a modern cloud infrastructure takes a great deal of time, thought, and expertise. Follow our five guidelines to ease the complexity and stress.

Still, some small businesses might choose to do so in the name of simplifying their IT. But the more compromises you make, the more inefficient your system becomes, which means higher costs and – sometimes – less reliability. What you really want is to host every application and process in the right environment, regardless of how many environments you end up having.

Do You Have Rogue Clouds?

If your company uses cloud computing vendors such Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, IBM Softlayer or Google GCP in any significant capacity, you probably some rogue clouds. Even if you don’t think your company does cloud, you may have a rogue cloud instance or two. What are rogue clouds? These are clouds that are operating under the radar of the formal IT department, or perhaps authorized clouds that have spun out of control either via costs or in taking over functions they aren’t approved to do. Any of these situations sound familiar? Then you probably have rogue clouds.

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