Cloud computing established itself in 2018 as an important platform for many businesses who want to build innovative services. However, there is still progress that must be made before the operating system in the cloud can really be seen as a business activity as usual. Will we reach that point in 2019? Five experts give their views on the main cloud computing services trends to watch out for next year.
1.PORTABILITY WILL BE IMPORTANT:
Gregor Petri, research vice president at Gartner analysts, said that when we move more things to the cloud, we become more dependent on them – and that will bring problems until 2019 and so on. “It’s easy to consume cloud so people don’t have to think about how difficult it is to leave the provider if the business needs to,” he said.
Petri said many executives took it for granted that they would be locked into vendors for certain parts of their functions. But when cloud starts to become part of services that are more important to business, many people realize that they will need some variability, choice, and the ability to switch.
“The idea of being portable and being able to switch in the future is more important,” he said. “Some regulators in the industry have also begun to demand it, especially in areas such as financial services, where they began to suggest that banks must have an exit strategy to move from the cloud to the cloud.”
2.INTELLIGENT BUSINESS WILL SEE TO CREATE A SINGLE VERSION OF TRUTH:
Amit Apte, global director of digital integration on Mars, said that every business does a lot of things in the cloud. He said software-as-a-service (SaaS) must be seen as a way forward. “This is interesting because there are many unique subject matter solutions, whether it’s sales automation, distribution management, or anything else,” he said.
He said the main challenge was getting data to and from the SaaS application. Businesses now have the potential to manage many applications and storage locations.
“Various regions and segments in your business will be seen to enrich data in the cloud,” Apte said. “It’s a problem because before all your data might have been stored in one system. Now the data is taken outside and controlled in the cloud. Suddenly, you might not have a single example of truth when it comes to data.”
3.HYBRID STRATEGIES THAT INTEREST IN INTERNAL PROVISIONS WILL SURVIVE:
Since becoming Air Malta’s CIO at the end of 2016, Alan Talbot has overhauled the company’s infrastructure. IT management has been taken home and the company has invested in two data centres. Talbot said this approach shows that even though cloud is important, controlling their own infrastructure remains an important tactic for some CIOs.
“We may be a big organization in terms of Malta but we are still small fish in very large ponds. Sometimes it is more feasible and economical to maintain a hosted solution in place than to have everything as a service,” he said, suggesting a cloud instead of the only game in town in terms of creating flexible IT strategies.
“Technology in place can give you more dexterity. For example, we can have applications in locations with all the potential flexibility that it provides. In other circumstances, when there are no reasonable alternatives, we will go to the cloud, as in the case of Salesforce. don’t have to reinvent the wheel all the time. ”
4.CLOUD WILL BE THE NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY:
Alex Hilton, chief executive of the Cloud Industry Forum, said the main benefit of buying technology on demand was the ability for businesses to implement cloud, to adapt, improve and never keep quiet.
“CIOs must plan for the next three years with a smooth, rolling and continually reevaluated basis; what are the challenges facing the business, what do my competitors do, how can I increase the rhythm of my business to provide better results, and how I can adapt quickly to make changes, “he said.
“Cloud is a ‘generator’ for the next wave of technology, enabler for all interesting developments: artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, deep learning, Internet of Things, edge computing, and blockchain. But new technology adoption must be driven by business needs, not technology for technology. ”
5.VENDORS WILL FIGHT FOR CONTROL AS CIOS SEE TECHNOLOGY THAT COMES:
Luke Christison, head of global information and technology in Mindshare media agency networks, said the rapid adoption of cloud-based services will continue over the next few years, with a special focus on SaaS, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). He said ownership of data would be key and the main cloud platform would struggle for control.
“Vendors strive to maintain and retain ownership through their data strategies, where data can be seen within their own environment but can no longer be transferred to other ecosystems. The impact of this strategic decision is to persuade organizations to adopt their technology in an integrated stack which includes PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS, “said Christison.
He suggested the current battle in cloud computing should be represented as the latest stage in the ongoing evolution of the IT industry. While attention is now focused on the cloud, CIOs will increasingly have to start thinking about how to exploit two forms of technology that are emerging but rapidly developing: edge and quantum computing.
“The processing power of smart devices means edge computing will come true. Then, finally, we will look at the era of quantum computing. There will be new battles around processing smart devices in a distributed environment, but the good news is that there is also the ability for businesses to process microtransactions with incredible speed using quantum computing, “Christison said.