Will 2014 Be the Year of the Cloud?
When will the cloud really take off in the business world? Many have predicted a huge adoption in the past. As we move forward into 2014, the predictions for its future sustainability are most impressive. Let’s take a look at some statistics and explore if 2014 truly is “the year of the cloud.”
- According to research by Computer Weekly publisher TechTarget, around 53 percent of organizations worldwide are now using some form of cloud service.
- New research from 451 states that, roadblocks to the cloud are diminishing, and that “corporate cloud activity has doubled in just six months, with a third of companies surveyed now engaging in active cloud projects.”
- Computer Weekly boasts that cloud computing will be the “default delivery method for new IT projects, not to mention a platform for greater innovation.”
Hot Areas to Watch
Cloud security fears should be a thing of the past. Forrester comments, “If you’re resisting the cloud because of security concerns, you’re running out of excuses…cloud providers have made strong gains in security and compliance.”
Unified communications growth is a certainty. Unified communications (UC) will become increasingly prevalent and necessary. According to Gartner, changing communication services will transform operations over the next several years. “Most industries will face massive changes during the period from 2013 through 2015,” said Kimberly Harris-Ferrante, Vice President and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “The social commons, mobile communications, cloud computing and information will be especially important factors in driving even greater industry transformation.”
Social engagement continues to advance. According to Forbes, social technologies will become “increasingly integrated into existing enterprise applications over the next 12-18 months. This increase is predicted to drastically aid customer engagement and marketing strategies.” Forbes also predicts that, “data from social applications will feed the product and service development process.”
Real-time analytics are a must. Real-time analytics capabilities and reporting needs are predicted to increase. The availability of critical business intelligence will be more imperative as businesses look to be on the offensive in addressing potential issues that could have been avoided.
One thing is for sure: predictions are predictions, but we all must prepare and strategically plan for a large boost in cloud usage and influence. Change is coming. Are you ready?
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About the Author: Alexandra Warner is the VP of Marketing at Platform28, a robust Communications-as-a-Service provider for the enterprise. Since 2001, Platform28 has been helping government agencies, enterprise and US Tier 1 carriers streamline their communications, drive business efficiency, and deliver an excellent customer experience.