Hybrid IT isn’t the technology in a Prius

One new term or concept emerging from the shifting manner of how IT is being deployed throughout an organization is being labeled as hybrid IT. But the definition of hybrid IT is still developing.

According to SearchCloudComputing.com, a website focused on cloud computing news, analysis, and case studies, hybrid IT is “an approach to enterprise computing in which an organization provides and manages some information technology (IT) resources in-house but uses cloud-based services for others.” They report three driving forces for hybrid IT: an organization’s requiring control of its data, the cost advantage of cloud computing, and the need for IT to rapidly respond to the organization’s business needs.

Hybrid IT is also being referred to as business technology, or BT, according to SearchCIO.com, and reports that Forrester Research, which has discussed the concept of BT for some time, advises that internal IT organizations should not necessarily focus on “dictating which technology is used on the job,” but rather zero in on “consulting and educating workers.” SearchCIO.com explains the term as technology becoming “so tightly tied to the business in the future that IT will become everybody’s job.”

Although no timeline was offered, SearchCIO.com reports that an executive advisory consultancy, found in a survey that only 25 percent of IT staff headcounts will remain in corporate IT. Thirty percent will migrate to “multifunctional shared services groups or business units,” and the remainder will be shifted to external providers.” The IT department as a service provider may be a thing of the past as it becomes more of an integrator and broker.

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