With cloud computing continuing to attract a great deal of hype, you might have become too distracted by trying to determine its ultimate suitability for your business to realise the speed and manner in which it is evolving.
So, what are people’s predictions for the cloud in the coming years?
A rapidly expanding market
One thing is for sure – the cloud is not going away any time soon. In its forecast for 2011-2017, Gartner tipped cloud adoption to reach $250 billion by 2017.
Meanwhile, Byron Deeter of Bessemer Venture Partners recently delivered a presentation based on the State of the Cloud Report 2015, in which he predicted that cloud computing would be a $127.5 billion industry by 2018, thanks to a compound annual growth rate of 22.8%.
It has also been claimed that 62% of all CRM software will be based in the cloud by that same year.
The emergence of mobile
Cloud computing is also embracing mobility to an extent that it has never done before, in a world in which eight in 10 employees don’t use desktop for work and mobile devices account for the bulk of Internet consumption.
By the end of last year, almost 3.6 billion people owned a smartphone, pushing global smartphone penetration past the 50% mark. China and India have been especially potent forces behind the development of the mobile Internet in recent years.
ABI Research has predicted that there will be 40.9 million active wireless connected devices by 2020. This will intensify current debates over the merits of machine-to-machine and cloud-based computing.
Other trends to watch out for
How many instances will we see of organisations’ data being entirely moved to the cloud? Not as many as you might think, we suspect, given how complex today’s environments are.
It’s rather more likely that hybrid cloud solutions – whereby data is kept on and off premises – will remain the norm, as the sheer convenience of the cloud is mixed with the high performance that onsite solutions can deliver.
Development for the cloud, too, is sure to step up in the coming years. Although Evans Data Corporation recently stated that less than 25% of the over 18 million software developers worldwide are presently developing for the cloud, according to IDC, 85% of software presently under construction is for the cloud.
What it all means for your business
There’s certainly little doubting the increasing applicability and benefits of the cloud to businesses, as it continues to evolve. Healthy competition between cloud providers has helped to make the service more cost-efficient, for example, meaning that companies can make better use of funds and boost their development of products.
It is also likely in future that the cloud will be used as a platform for almost all of your applications, meaning that your browser becomes a window in which to work, rather than you having to download software to relevant devices.
Finally, the cloud will also help to ensure that your business is continually up-to-date with the latest features, taking away the need for you to manually hunt out updates.
Such developments all point to cloud computing being a significant area of growth and value to businesses in the years ahead as the cloud is adopted by an ever-greater number of organisations. Could yours be one of them?
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