I recently blogged about how senior executives have to consider the impact of cloud computing sooner rather than later.

It’s a viewpoint that holds, with successful organisations testing on-demand technologies and considering a move to this platform for both their infrastructure and applications. There is, however, a subtle distinction that needs to be addressed – the hybrid nature of the cloud.

While the cloud is likely to be the future of IT provision, it is unlikely to be an all-or-nothing approach to technology management. Few organisations will go as far as moving their entire IT infrastructure and applications across to the cloud, and a number of organisations will host some elements of IT in the cloud and internally manage other resources.

Proof comes in the form of research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (see further reading). The hybrid approach is expected to be the main type of cloud adoption in the UK, accounting for 33% of the £100.7bn of total economic benefits generated through on-demand technology through 2015.

In the same way as organisations tend to outsource non-core activities and keep strategic IT elements in-house, it will be similar with the cloud. This might mean keeping bespoke and business critical IT applications in-house and moving all other IT systems and networks across to the cloud.

The result will be a hybrid blend, with some IT hosted in a private cloud, other areas hosted in a public cloud, some IT outsourced to a non-cloud platform and the remaining managed internally. Decisions on an internal or external route to IT management will be based on a subtle mix of business strategy and internal resources.

Organisations will therefore become far more flexible with how IT is delivered and managed as long as prevailing governance and regulatory conditions are satisfied – European laws, for example, will mean firms will have to keep data within the economic area.

So, the future is likely to be a hybrid model of IT management and delivery, providing organisations with a greater choice of cost-effective options tailored towards their business model and resource requirements.