RESEARCH PAPER: Shifting From A “Cloud First” To A “Cloud If” Enterprise Moment

By Matt Kimball, Patrick Moorhead - February 4, 2019

Organizations that quickly respond to the customer and the market usually outperform their competitors. Technology is the key to enabling that responsiveness. An IT department that can enable responsiveness through new workloads, applications, and deployment methodologies is invaluable. IT transformation is how most companies deliver true IT responsiveness.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary- IT Dexterity Separates The Winners From The Losers

The Great Cloud Rush - The Great Cloud Retreat

Modernization - Beyond The Traditional Datacenter

PowerEdge - The Bedrock Of The Modern Datacenter

Workload Placement Strategy - Getting IT Right

Dexterous IT Organizations Require On-Premises Infrastructure

Call To Action

Figure 1: The Modern Datacenter Exists Beyond Physical Boundaries

Figure 2: Drivers For On-Premises Infrastructure

Figure 3: Scalability For Diverse Needs

Figure 4: Dell EMC Silicon Root Of Trust

Companies Cited


Dell EMC

Matthew Kimball

Matt Kimball is a Moor Insights & Strategy senior datacenter analyst covering servers and storage. Matt’s 25 plus years of real-world experience in high tech spans from hardware to software as a product manager, product marketer, engineer and enterprise IT practitioner.  This experience has led to a firm conviction that the success of an offering lies, of course, in a profitable, unique and targeted offering, but most importantly in the ability to position and communicate it effectively to the target audience.

Patrick Moorhead

Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.