Organizations are looking for new ways to accommodate accelerating cloud growth and edicts. Business agility, competitive differentiation, and the desire to grow overall are the driving factors for cloud adoption. Cloud approaches are necessary in order for the business to evolve, but the transition isn’t easy. Many CIOs are tasked with adopting a cloud strategy but are equally challenged with keeping core business operations going. This puts a tremendous burden on IT as well as lines of business. In this keynote session, ESG Senior Analyst Paul Nashawaty will discuss the skill gaps that make it difficult for organizations to tackle cloud projects, how most organizations are adopting a distributed approach to cloud adoption, why application portability is important, and how the market is evolving to adapt to this new way of doing business.