2016 Predictions: 3 Cloud Trends to Watch
Technology is at the helm of business innovation and 2016 will be a pivotal year for businesses to ride the wave or risk sinking. Cloud computing, no longer an infant in the IT world, will continue to evolve as the conversation has shifted from “why cloud?” to “how can we best implement cloud?”
According to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on cloud IT infrastructure will reach $32.6 billion by the close of 2015 and will account for a third of the overall end-user spending on enterprise IT infrastructure. It is clear that cloud remains top-of-mind for organizations across all industries, but what does the future hold for the thriving relationship between business and cloud?
Propelled by technology advancements, businesses will more readily join the cloud revolution, as well as leverage the cloud to become more competitive and adapt to the new way of working.
It is clear that cloud remains top-of-mind for organizations across all industries, but what does the future hold for the thriving relationship between business and cloud?
1. Private Cloud will see a Short-lived Resurgence
Early adopters of public cloud will re-evaluate the commercial fit of private cloud and, due to regulations and compliance needs, late adopters may also move directly to private cloud. Cloud economics are compelling for a wide variety of use cases, but a CapEx investment can support a stable application base and often is the most logical option. In addition, many regulatory bodies often lag in innovation and private cloud often addresses compliance obligations, while still providing many of the benefits of public cloud. This resurgence is likely to be short lived as regulatory bodies catch up, applications evolve, and more flexible pricing models for public cloud subsequently prevail.
2. Businesses will be Forced to Transform to Survive
It is no longer sufficient “just” to be the best in your industry. Businesses across all industries need to examine their untapped data assets to drive the next wave of innovation and competition. Regardless of your industry, there will be businesses that can effectively leverage the wealth of data made available via cloud storage and big data analytics to drive unprecedented levels of competition. The business leaders of tomorrow will be the “disruptor” in order to avoid disruption.
3. Powered by the Cloud, BYOD and Advancements in Enterprise Collaboration will Unlock a New Way of Working
Recent research of US Census Bureau data shows that 80 to 90 percent of the US workforce would like to telework at least part time and 50 percent of the US workforce already hold jobs that are compatible with at least partial telework. “Flexibility in cloud” no longer refers exclusively to a more agile IT infrastructure, as cloud is also being recognized as a catalyst for more flexible work styles. Cloud continues to enable more agile work environments by providing secure Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Enterprise Mobility Management solutions. With advancements in cloud-based collaboration tools, this trend will only continue.
As 2015 comes to a close, we’re beginning to see new technology trends take shape and set the stage for the next phase of innovation. Regardless of whether a business is in the earliest stage of cloud adoption or well along their way to reaping benefits of a more mature cloud model, cloud computing continues to enable organizations to excel in our ever-evolving business landscape.
This article originally appeared in Virtual-Strategy Magazine on January 18, 2016.
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