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30% of IT Leaders Feel Less in Control – Can New Cloud Solutions Help?

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Andy Lockhart
Andy Lockhart
Andy Lockhart is the Vice President of Cloudflare (EMEA). He is a global business leader with broad international experience leading large field organizations and starting up strategic new global operations.

Struggling to manage complex cloud environments? Any-to-any cloud platforms simplify security and connectivity, driving growth and innovation.

Leaders struggle to steer their organizations through complexity while delivering innovation and growth in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.

A recently commissioned study by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Cloudflare revealed a striking insight: 30% of top IT decision-makers across Europe grapple with diminishing control over their organisations’ technological and security frameworks. This feeling is attributed to a 66% increase in the volume of applications and a significant 76% expansion in the variety of deployment environments.

Significant challenges lie in managing the increasing complexity of today’s digital ecosystems while ensuring operational efficiency, regulatory compliance, and uninterrupted productivity. According to the same Forrester study, 99% of enterprises unanimously recognize the need for secure, high-performance connectivity that bridges any system, application, location, and multiple cloud services.

These hurdles need to be overcome. We need innovative solutions to integrate diverse technological components into a cohesive, agile framework. The era of traditional siloed legacy infrastructures gives way to a new paradigm of “any-to-any” cloud platforms, catalyzing growth and innovation.

By focusing on strategic integration and flexibility, any-to-any cloud platforms empower leaders to transform technological challenges into competitive advantages. This narrative is not limited to IT; it’s about shaping a future where connectivity and innovation are at the heart of business success, reducing risk, and opening the door to limitless possibilities.

Driving business growth and innovation 

Any-to-any cloud platforms are becoming powerful strategic business assets—central to long-term success. The Forrester study also found that 61% of companies expect productivity gains, and 57% anticipate revenue growth from using them. Businesses are also putting their money where their mouth is, allocating around 14% of their entire IT budgets to embrace these innovative solutions.

A key advantage is how they supercharge agile development and testing of new products and services for the business. Developers can laser-focus on innovation by automating and simplifying all the security and performance requirements. Projects move faster with higher-quality output. Simple things like onboarding new employees are easier. You get products to market faster. Better risk management, compliance with data laws, and comprehensive visibility of your organization’s data add to an infrastructure that enables the business to innovate and grow.

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The rise of ‘any-to-any’ cloud platforms

These any-to-any cloud platforms are revolutionizing modern IT and cybersecurity. They allow any application running on any cloud (public, private, hybrid, you name it) to connect seamlessly with any other app, data, or resource a company uses – whether on-premises systems, mobile devices, or remote users.

The big problem they solve is the fragmentation that happens as businesses adopt more and more disparate cloud services from different providers. Without an any-to-any platform, it becomes an untamed jungle trying to connect all these distinct environments and ensure apps can integrate seamlessly.

But with an any-to-any setup, it doesn’t matter where an app lives or what kind of infrastructure it runs on.  Operations run smoother when apps can integrate fully.  You get consistent, user-friendly access and connectivity across your entire digital ecosystem. It makes it much easier for IT teams to oversee and control everything while allowing flexibility to meet each organization’s unique needs.

Security is tighter with centralized policies and threat monitoring. Large companies, in particular, expect centralized threat management and policy controls. They need consistent protection across all their digital assets and no security silos or problem areas. In the infrastructure, implementing secure access service edge (SASE) setups supports this, which is hugely valuable for global enterprises that need robust yet flexible security. And organizations can rapidly adapt by seamlessly connecting new cloud services as opportunities arise. 

It’s no wonder most IT leaders (98%) cite improved visibility and scalability in managing multiple cloud environments as a key enabler of increased productivity in their environments. 

A new era in digital strategy

Adopting these any-to-any cloud platforms across companies marks a big turning point in the push for true digital transformation. This shift isn’t just about innovative new technology – it’s about unlocking huge new potential for business growth, operational flexibility, and innovation.

By simplifying connectivity and security across different IT environments, these platforms free up resources (time, people, and budgets) that can be reinvested in growth. They also lay the groundwork for leaders to not just navigate the current landscape but actively shape the future of their sectors. 

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This shift in perspective—from viewing IT infrastructure as a collection of isolated components to recognizing it as a cohesive strategic asset—is fundamental to achieving long-term success.

As we look ahead, the significance of any-to-any cloud platforms will continue to grow, both in EMEA and globally. This new era of digital connectivity is about leveraging technology to sustain business agility, security, and innovation and proactively drive business transformation while achieving a competitive edge in the global marketplace. 

The future offered by these any-to-any cloud platforms enables leaders to not merely respond to digital disruption but to lead it.

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