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Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: Pivoting Toward Control Plane Investment

Situation Overview

It's a Hybrid World and IT Is Just Living in It

What Is a Control Plane?

Corporate IT-Led Investment That Should Focus on Three Control Planes

Cloud Control Plane — Unified Oversight of Underlying Resources

Portfolio Control Plane — A Platform of Platforms

Intelligent Core

Data Services

Process Control Services

Interface Services

Ecosystem Control Plane — Orchestrating and Participating

Advice for the Technology Buyer

Build an Investment Plan Around Control Planes

Create a Strategic Relationship with Key Vendors — at Most One for Each Control Plane

Complement Control Plane Strategies with an Embedded Architecture Approach

Approach Modernization at Your Pace, Not the Vendor's

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