It’s that time of year when industry predictions abound and IT leaders think a bit more deeply about their IT needs and investments. If you’ve been reading these predictions, you’ve noticed a common thread: a sharp rise in cloud computing adoption is upon us. The rise continues as cloud solutions grow more affordable and reliable, and as businesses seek greater availability and security for their data and systems.
Below we highlight five cloud computing predictions from the IDC FutureScape for the next three years:
- By 2015, 65% of the selection criteria for enterprise cloud workloads will be shaped by compliance with data privacy
- By 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, toward various versions of cloud computing as a new delivery model.
- More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.
- By 2016, more than 50% of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-aware cloud management solutions.
- By 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled, continuous delivery and DevOps life cycles for faster rollout of new features and business innovation.
“Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand provider-based services are driving very rapid internal IT change, says program vice president for IDC, Robert Mahowald. “IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-also and cloud-first strategies and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multi-vendor sourcing.”
Mark Cunningham, a TechVibes reporter sharing his analysis of impending trends, put it this way: “In 5 years time, I don’t expect we’ll still be talking about whether certain services are cloud-based or not. They just will be.”
The rise of cloud computing is hardly surprising, of course. We’ve all seen it coming for a while. But that awareness won’t help move your business forward unless coupled with proper planning, expertise and execution.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll cover other trends to help you make wise IT investments in 2015 and for years to come. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter for deeper, practical insights for a high-performing, high-ROI IT infrastructure.