Time is growing short for the enterprise to begin the process of transforming traditional data infrastructure and business models to more flexible constructs tailored to the delivery of digital services. The service economy is preparing to kick into high gear in 2020 with the introduction of 5G wireless and advanced technologies like machine learning, which means organizations that cling to legacy static infrastructure and processes will find it difficult, if not impossible, to compete for new digital-savvy customers.
A key element in this transition is the cloud. By implementing public and private architectures quickly and thoroughly, the enterprise gains a huge advantage when it comes to tailoring environments to key applications and workloads. In both the development stage and during ongoing production environments, the cloud provides broad flexibility needed to push new product functionality to market faster, while at the same time controlling overall IT costs through dynamic scaling, automated management and other orchestration capabilities.