Public cloud: Real-world examples of strategic success

The public cloud has gone mainstream, with companies leveraging it as a strategic tool for digital transformation. IT leaders lend advice on migrating to public cloud services to drive business agility and innovation.

Public cloud: Real-world examples of strategic success
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Public cloud services are a strategic weapon for CIOs. More than a way to shutter data centers and outsource computing resources, the public cloud offers CIOs the ability to focus on strategic projects aimed at boosting the bottom line.

Because of this, the public cloud has become the go-to platform for modernizing existing business applications and building new digital products, such as mobile software that delivers new customer experiences and machine learning systems that generate insights.

With most enterprises proclaiming “cloud-first” strategies, spending on IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) will reach $50 billion in 2020, up from $40 billion in 2019, and will grow 24 percent a year to top $74 billion in 2022, according to Gartner. “Cloud adoption is mainstream,” says Gartner analyst Sid Nag.

IT leaders shared with CIO.com their experiences and lessons learned in making a strategic shift to the public cloud.

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