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As-a-Service Elevates IT Decision Makers

December 4, 2019

Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) IT decision makers (ITDMs) report that their organizations have started to implement as-a-Service (aaS) solutions or have already completed the process, yet seven in ten (71%) ITDMs are concerned about keeping up with the changing aaS landscape, according to the HPE “2019 As-a-Service: Driving Change Report”. The report, introduced today, surveyed over 1,000 ITDMs at companies of all sizes (from 50 employees to 10,000+) across the U.S., Germany and the UK to explore the future opportunities and impact of aaS consumption models.

“Businesses of all sizes are embracing as-a-Service models to unlock innovation and agility and lead disruption rather than become a victim of it,” said Phil Davis, President of Hybrid IT for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “As-a-Service elevates the role of IT decision makers, allowing them to become true service brokers who focus on strategic initiatives and revenue growth. As this survey data shows, the market clearly views as-a-Service as the future but are looking for a new and better approach to realize a consistent cloud experience, across public, private and the edge.”

“The 2019 As-a-Service: Driving Change Report” Top Findings include:

Adoption of aaS is on the rise across organizations:
Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) ITDMs report that their organizations have started to implement aaS solutions or have already completed the process. Furthermore, three-quarters (75%) of all ITDMs surveyed expect their organization to move toward full adoption of aaS solutions in less than five years.

aaS is critical to keep up with the competitive landscape and remain strategic: Executives recognize the critical need to modernize IT to support future business growth and competitive advantage. aaS solutions will be very important for their company’s future (58%), competitiveness (55%) and growth (53%).

IT Challenges: data remains siloed within organizations: Three quarters of ITDMs agree that at their organization, data is siloed between public and private clouds (77%) and admit that data silos are a key challenge (75%) for their businesses. About two-thirds (66%) state they agree that data migration to the public cloud is currently stalled at their organization.

A generational divide - younger ITDMs are more fearful that their jobs will become obsolete due to aaS: The survey findings show only about a quarter of ITDMs 55 and older (23%) are concerned that aaS adoption is making their job obsolete, compared to almost two-thirds (60%) of 22-34-year-olds. For both age groups, many (67%) ITDMs are concerned about new generations of digital natives having an advantage over their experience as it relates to aaS adoption.

Career Driver - aaS enables career growth and opportunity for IT professionals: Despite the changes ahead and apprehension from younger ITDMs, about nine-in-ten (87%) of all respondents agree that aaS adoption will advance their career and envision a shift in their roles from day-to-day IT support toward more of a business strategist role. Globally, seven-in-ten ITDMs say aaS adoption will make their role within their organization more important (72%) and give them more control over data (70%) and budget (71%).

HPE’s Commitment to aaS:

HPE pioneered the modern IT on premises as-a-Service model with
HPE GreenLake. HPE GreenLake’s unique metering, cost control, software IP, and backing from HPE Financial Services provide a differentiated solution that competitors cannot match. HPE GreenLake is now one of the fastest-growing businesses in HPE, with more than 740 customers worldwide, including 160 new customer logo wins this year. Additionally, HPE has uniquely enabled its world-class partner community to deliver the offering – in 2019 the channel generated over 200% order growth for HPE GreenLake.

HPE aaS Hybrid Cloud Platform Delivers a Consistent Cloud Experience Everywhere

To address some of the challenges and barriers to as-a-Service adoption referenced in the study, HPE also announced today the launch of HPE GreenLake Central, an advanced software platform that provides customers with a consistent cloud experience for all their applications and data, through an operational console that runs, manages and optimizes their entire hybrid IT estate.

HPE GreenLake Central gives customers a simple, unified, digital experience across public and private clouds, the data center and edge workloads and accelerates business outcomes by lowering costs and risks and providing greater choice and control. The platform gives them the freedom to choose which tools they want to use to build applications, where and how to place their workloads and data, and only pay for what they consume.

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