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Understanding How to Avoid
Vendor Lock-in in a Cloudy World

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Avoiding Cloud Lock-In

The role and purpose of IT in an organization is undergoing significant change, driven by the need for businesses to become more agile and have greater control over the cost levers when it comes to technology. One of the biggest lessons from the previous technology shifts was that proprietary vendor solutions may offer fast time to value in the short term, but the cost is a solution that is less flexible in the medium to long term because it is locked in to that vendor’s approach. However, this transformation of IT involves many different aspects, not all of which are technology related, but the one thing they have in common is that IT modernization is about changing to meet the current and future demands of business and is increasingly linked to the use of cloud computing.

In this report, understand how digital transformation (DX) and cloud computing can be used to increase organizational flexibility when combined with a comprehensive strategic approach. To avoid the common mistakes in cloud adoption – and therefore cloud disillusionment – a multicloud approach is required that covers the holistic environment, through applications and services to resources and outcomes.




There is an adage in the cloudy world that "it can be expensive to buy but even more expensive to rent in the long term. Keeping this in mind from day one is essential.

Understanding How to Avoid Vendor Lock-in in a Cloudy World, Ovum

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About Engage ESM 

Engage ESM is an Atos company and Gold Sales and Services partner for ServiceNow globally; providing design, implementation, and support services to clients worldwide. Engage ESM is a leader in the enterprise-service management (ESM) sector, which includes Cloud Management, IT, Customer Service, Security, and HR. Engage ESM helps organizations of all sizes to improve their operational performance and extend the value of existing and new investments in ServiceNow and Cisco Multicloud.

Atos is a leader in digital services with annual revenues of over €12 billion and 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, Atos provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Application Transformation Services, Managed Services, Cloud Operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, and transactional services through Worldline. Atos is also the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games.