Before the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises were at various stages of their cloud strategies, whether that meant finally moving their email server to the cloud, switching to Microsoft 365, or even aggressively exiting their own data centers and going fully cloud-native.
When the pandemic hit, it pushed all those plans into warp-speed. There was no time for extensive user acceptance testing, long rounds of strategy meetings, RFPs, and proofs of concept when enterprises had been told to send all their employees home almost overnight, or in the case of India, literally overnight.
In interviews with analysts and companies moving to the cloud, InfoWorld identified the three stages of modernization that enterprises are likely to follow.
Why the pandemic forced faster modernization
Worldwide enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure bypassed spending on data center hardware and software for the first time in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a…