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5 The rising demand for a trusted, secure hybrid cloud The public cloud is a major IT investment. 60% 60% of enterprise IT infrastructure spending will be allocated to public cloud. 1 Cloud providers need to understand their customers' industry-specific needs. 81% 81% of IT decision makers believe it is very important for their cloud provider to have a deep understanding of their industry-specific business needs. 1 Most trust Microsoft to understand their business and industry. 90% 90% of IT decision makers who hold the previous belief, also feel Microsoft understands the business needs of their industry. 1 Start with a strategy The transformation to cloud computing is a great opportunity for IT pros to evolve and meet the changes in the modern workforce, to protect workloads with unmatched security, innovate anywhere with seamless hybrid capabilities, and to migrate to cloud infrastructures that can be trusted to run a business. But digital transformation is not something to jump into blindly. There's a broad range of business, financial, and technology challenges to consider first. Some questions to ask include: • What benefits (e.g. agility, cost savings, scalability) are we expecting from the cloud and how do we prioritize them? • What is our short-term and long-term roadmap for moving to the cloud? • What is my personal roadmap for building the necessary cloud skills? • Should we use a certified Azure partner? If so, which one? • What servers, applications, and data should stay in the datacenter and what should be cloud-based? • How can we continue to derive the maximum benefit from existing investments? • How do we want to design future solutions to best leverage the cloud? 1 International Data Corporation, Addressing Enterprise Cloud Priorities with Microsoft Azure, June 2020.

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