Section 4

Step 2—Draft a hybrid IT plan

Use your initial analysis to create a hybrid IT plan based on your business goals. Determine the timeline, resources, and investments you need. Decide whether you will pay up front or as you go. Your plan needs to include business, operational, and financial considerations.

You’ll want an IT environment with simple, effective management tools that provide end-to-end visibility and that can proactively alert you to potential hardware issues, automatically triggering orders for replacement parts.

While the Spiceworks research indicates most IT pros feel excited and positive about the possibilities presented by hybrid IT, many aren’t certain how to design and deploy the hybrid approach to best suit their needs.1 If that’s how you feel, you’re not alone. More than one-third of survey respondents reported the learning curve was the biggest challenge they faced, or anticipated facing, when deploying hybrid IT.1 Working with an experienced partner can help overcome these concerns and eliminate headaches, speed implementation, increase ROI, and help design a system that meets your specific needs.

Top 5 challenges organizations experience or expect to experience with a hybrid IT approach:1


Cloud learning curve




Modernizing IT (bandwidth, compute)


Compliance regulation/ standards


Cloud usage monitoring/ management

Among Spiceworks survey respondents planning to deploy hybrid IT, half have already learned about the approach. Other respondents are:1

Evaluating providers/ solutions

Developing a strategy

Modernizing/preparing existing infrastructure

Auditing existing infrastructure

Prioritizing workloads