In cloud computing for enterprise development, a movement towards hybrid clouds has been observed for quite some time, and is now coming into clearer focus: in a study for the Avanade consultancy, Wakefield Research Analysts have published the current figures. The study reveals that managers from the business sector are currently pushing towards hybrid clouds, and that 72 percent of them want to build one within the next three years. Among IT managers, however, that figure is only 58 percent. A total of 76 percent of business managers would also like to run business-critical applications such as data & analytics, office applications, and customer-oriented services in hybrid clouds. They are convinced that implementing a hybrid cloud will confer competitive advantages on their companies.