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Introducing the Hybrid Philosophy

A Potted History of Hybrid IT

Hybrid IT. It’s a phrase well known throughout the technology industry, yet there are still huge misconceptions about what it actually means.

It’s not just about cloud. Hybrid IT is a mixed model of hardware, software and services, both on-premise and off-premise.

So to fully understand how the Hybrid IT model works, you have to think about more than just the technology. You could argue, Hybrid IT is a way of life.

Getting the balance right

In many ways, Hybrid IT is a mindset shift that reflects much broader trends in how companies operate and in society at large.

In the past decade a new generation of digital businesses has emerged, all offering bespoke, ‘pick and mix’ services designed entirely around individual users. From the rise of streaming music app Spotify, to personalised social feeds on Twitter and Facebook, and on-demand TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, they all encourage users to tailor services to their needs.

The comparison to Hybrid IT is obvious. They both herald the end to the one-size-fits-all approach of decades past, allowing people to pick and choose the services that suit them (or their organisation) best.

The changing role of the CIO

Through adopting a Hybrid IT model with the right balance and control, you will enable your business to be more flexible,  to more closely reflect your needs at any given time.

Only when this concept is nailed (and the right balance found) can an organisation look forward to greater productivity, better management of risks and costs, as well as boosting business growth.

All of these benefits sound great of course. But the key to getting this right lies with your people and the company culture.

It’s one thing to have the right technology in place, but it’s another thing empowering staff to use it properly, so CIOs need to fully grasp what their role looks like in this new age. More and more we’re seeing a greater need for the CIO to sow the seeds of new ways of working.

Traditionally the CIO would have been seen as a gatekeeper for technology. The Hybrid IT model positions them in an even greater position of control, as the orchestrator of the different internal stakeholders and the external service providers.

By fostering a company culture that embraces the hybrid way, the CIO can look forward to delivering real impact across their organisation.

Tying together the various threads of flexible working patterns, remote working, and a watertight Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy – all hybrid models in their own separate ways – will lead to lasting positive impact.

When embedded, it will start to cultivate a different way of thinking for everyone. Hybrid IT then becomes part of an overarching hybrid philosophy, and the organisation is fully able to maximise the benefits of this technology.

This will be increasingly important as a new generation joins the workforce for the first time. They have their own set of aspirations, skills and demands that the businesses of today will have to match.

The great news is by adopting this hybrid way of thinking your organisation will already be there.

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