Digital transformation is a term that is throw about by a lot today by different vendors of applications and cloud platforms, but what does it mean? Essentially, what it should be is the opportunity for a business to change the way it operates in order to bring benefits to its business. Whether that is bringing greater efficiencies, reducing costs or making complicated requirements such as compliance easier to achieve. If the process does not meet any of these areas its not worth considering.

Moving applications and data to the cloud can bring considerable advantages to a business but there are also a number of situations where it isn’t practical or compliant to move an application and its data to a cloud vendor. But that doesn’t mean that all of your systems and data have to remain on site. As much as a business usually knows the cost of running these systems in house there can be benefits identified that might justify a business to consider implementing a partial move to a cloud platform.

The showcase video below shows that Microsoft as a cloud platform can offer large scale businesses with robust options to create solutions that use the best from the cloud but also let in house applications to remain while still being integrated as one whole system.

Is a hybrid cloud solution right for my business?

Equally, these solutions are not just for large multinationals and government departments. In fact, a hybrid cloud solution is available regardless of your business’s size. For example, if you are a small business that needs certain applications and data to remain on site but also integrated into a more reliable and scaleable cloud based email solution such as Exchange Online, that is entirely possible. Or perhaps you have a legacy application that runs critical business processes that you cannot operate without, but now want the reassurance of moving it to the cloud; that is at the heart of what a hybrid cloud solution can offer your business.

Finding the right cloud provider is vital to your success

Today there is a wide choice cloud vendors to choose from and all offer specific advantages and price points. However, chances are your in house systems run on a Microsoft based technology, such as a Windows Server for identity management, file or web hosting or a database running on SQL Server technology. If that is the case there is no better provider than Microsoft. They can offer a range of solutions that offer end-to-end integration that will make the journey to true digital transformation much easier.