This IDC Perspective is a guide to the future of digital infrastructure. It provides a foundation for making decisions about more cloud-centric technologies, ubiquitous deployment options, and automated IT operations. This transition depends upon a digital strategy focused on resource optimization, resilience, and continual enhancement. The CIO will have to reeducate and reorient the enterprise — away from traditional strategies and thinking related to both technology and business investment. This Perspective helps CIOs understand what the future of digital infrastructure is, why it matters, and essential actions they must take to enable the emerging digital infrastructure ecosystem.
"The critical imperative to meet the future of digital infrastructure is to make and keep a commitment to all foundational work moving toward a cloud-centric, autonomous operation that supports resilient and ubiquitous deployment and optimization or resources," says Alizabeth Calder, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "Take every advantage of the post-pandemic world, where executives appreciate the risk of technical debt and want to move the enterprise to be resilient and to sustainable modernity. Above all else, make every dollar that you spend a direct contribution toward your future capabilities for digital infrastructure."