7 Cloud Computing Trends in 2017

7 Cloud Computing Trends in 2017

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It’s taken a while, but we are finally here.

After many years, cloud technologies finally went mainstream in 2016. For the first time, more than 50% of companies have adopted some form of cloud technology.

According to an IDC survey of 6,100 organizations in 31 countries, 68 per cent of organizations are now using public, private or hybrid cloud in their IT operations. In 2015, only 48% had switched to the cloud. A substantial jump indeed.

This trend has influenced thousands of CIOs to prioritize hosted computing and cloud data storage. They are approaching the shift as a progressive journey rather than a frenzied rush to outpace their competition. IT teams are updating their knowledge as well as hiring experienced talent to help them integrate Cloud technology. Small companies and startups have easily adopted the cloud infrastructure, while large companies prefer a hybrid of cloud computing and traditional technology.

Here are the 7 cloud computing trends that are rapidly shaping business technology.

1. Surge In Demand For Cloud Experts

With increasing rates of cloud adoption, more IT teams now require cloud expertise in order to remain competitive.

As a result, IT managers actively search for candidates with experience in cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure. Linkedin reports that “Cloud and Distributed Computing” is now a key in-demand skill for current employees.

As for existing talent, training for improving these skills is now a top priority. These training programs focus on contemporary ideas such as cloud security, infrastructure as a service, hosted databases, etc.

2. Hybridization of technology

Smaller companies and start-ups have adopted to the new cloud reality, but large corporations find it extremely difficult to shift their entire on-premise IT operations to a more cloud based solution. These organizations have partially integrated cloud software with existing on-premise software which results in a complex system.

Fortunately a new variety of software fixes this problem by integrating different technology into one cohesive system. Hybrid software allows employees to use their software remotely, on-premise or even allow it to run as a fully-hosted service.

As a result of this, CIOs are quickly adopting this hybrid strategy as it allows them to invest in a single solution for their business. Even after the organizations move towards an all-cloud future, hybrid technology would continue to be a stepping stone for this transition.

3. Reduced Software Restrictions

On-premises software compromises the end user’s freedom. IT teams often restrict download rights and application permissions for locally installed software.

With the increased adoption of cloud applications, hosted services allow IT teams to control applications without locking down the user’s personal choices.

These applications allow administrators to manage features and monitor the usage which also allows them to customize their control over authentication, user permissions and data security. Customized applications gives employees access to innovative technology, which is a key contributor to employee satisfaction.

4. Rise of SaaS

Businesses need to heavily invest in software, hardware and people in order to guarantee successful operations. The improvements in cloud hardware and infrastructure has allowed corporations to cut operating costs without reducing their overall profitability.

SaaS (Software as a service) is beginning to replace traditional (and expensive) on-premises software because it provides improved solutions without engaging in time-consuming deployment operations. According to IDC’s predictions, penetration of SaaS versus traditional software deployment will be over 25% in 2020.

Hosted software also eliminates the need for software upgrade and maintenance resulting in more time and budget for IT teams to focus on innovation.

5. Increased focus on Long Term Relationships

Most on-premises software offered little to no guidance to their customers.

A stark contrast to this strategy has been implemented by Cloud-based services like SaaS. Along with providing cheaper and time-saving software solutions, cloud software vendors also work with organizations to ensure their product offers superior business value. They also offer improved customer support, software training resources and help organizations easily implement their product.

Cloud vendors have begun to develop on building long-term relationships with IT and organizations in order to focus on the customer’s success.

6. Rebranding of Service Providers

Before the rapid adoption of Cloud technology, service providers focused on the technical support for on-premises software deployments.

Hosted software has modified the responsibilities for service providers as they now have to serve the role of advisors for their customers.

Along with guiding cloud service deployments, service providers have to establish practices in order to ensure the new technology is being adopted smoothly by the organization.

7. Increased Importance of Collaboration

Collaboration between two different parties is a time-consuming process. With the rise in collaborative tasks, Cloud services have seen this is an opportunity to release inbuilt features in their applications which would focus on boosting teamwork throughout the organization.

Analytics tools have started focusing on integrating data and sharing features with their product which can help organizations maintain and share data with all their employees.
Large group collaborations have become a smoother process with the help of features like recommendations and subscriptions.

Conclusion:

Improvements in cloud technology would lead to increased productivity, improved business relationships, easier collaboration, reduced investment costs which would inevitably lead to an even larger number of organizations moving to the cloud in the future.

Peter Banerjea
Peter Banerjea
Peter is a Marketing Strategist at Knowlarity - a leading cloud communications company with more than 15,000 customers across the world. Peter's work has been featured in Fast Company, Lifehacker, Huffington Post, Problogger, SumoMe, and several other top blogs. To contribute a guest post to the Knowlarity blog .

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