Forbes – Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013
By Raj Sabhlok
December 21, 2012
Last week, I discussed IT predictions that would not come true in 2013. Admittedly, it’s easier to poke holes in somebody else’s predictions than come up with your own. So, to be fair, here are three technology predictions of my own.
Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped topics in IT. Even Gartner suggests that cloud computing has moved beyond the peak of inflated expectations, with many achieving meaningful success.
I suspect nearly every business or individual uses a cloud application or service today. As consumers, every time we access Gmail or Facebook, we are buying into the cloud paradigm. Businesses have adopted SaaS applications for accounting, expense reporting, email and a “host” of other business applications.
So, it would seem as if cloud computing is fairly mainstream, right? Well, yes and no. Based on my predictions below, I anticipate an even broader adoption of cloud computing in 2013 as companies seek to leverage its inherent benefits.
1. IT will turn to the cloud to evaluate and deploy new technologies.
IT organizations, make this your mantra for 2013: “Out with old, in with new.” While the mandate for IT includes being a technology innovator, organizations continue to be bogged down with managing their old technologies. In fact, nearly 80 percent of IT budgets are ear-marked for maintaining existing systems.
By moving pedestrian technologies like ERP, CRM, help desk and even PBX’s to the cloud, IT will be given a reprieve and finally be free to focus on higher value activities.
2. Working in the cloud will no longer be the “alternative work environment.”
The nexus of social, mobile and cloud will change our traditional view of how business gets done and the notion of a business itself. 2013 companies will embrace that they are 24×7 entities versus 9 to 5 businesses.
Historically, businesses had offices; all employees came to work roughly at the same time and then sat at their desks most of the day. They would stress to be at work “on-time.” Companies leased swanky offices and brought in the conveniences of dry cleaning services, car washing and subsidized meals, presumably to keep staff working longer.
You can throw that all out the window thanks to the cloud. For starters, businesses are recognizing that the whole company doesn’t need to be at the office at the same time, which translates to huge savings in real estate costs by swapping out expensive campuses for highly efficient spaces.
Managers can relax and not watch the clock (or empty chairs) in fear that work is not getting done; employees are working longer and are more productive in this new notion of business.
3. Enterprises embrace the private cloud.
While there is still some apprehension — or even regulatory mandates — keeping enterprises from the public cloud, there doesn’t seem to be any debate about the utility of cloud computing itself. In 2013, the emergence of open source cloud platforms will have even the stalwarts floating on a proverbial (and literal) cloud.
Recent releases of CloudStack and OpenStack make them the most mature and the likely winners of the open source cloud stack provider to data centers. Much like Red Hat commercialized and legitimized Linux as a safe platform for developers and enterprises, expect stewards for open source cloud platforms to emerge, signaling to enterprises that they are safe to deploy for business use.
Whether it is public, private or personal clouds, we will undoubtedly look back on 2013 as the year that cloud computing became an integral part of IT.
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