Cloud computing in 2020: Looking into that crystal ball

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Recently, @thedodgeretort of Enterprise CIO Forum held a Twitter chat about what cloud computing in 2020 will look like. I decided to write up a quick blog sharing my thoughts on the topic.

Looking into the crystal ball, I see a few things happening with cloud by 2020: call it 5 years out.

First, cloud will transform into more of a utility and a grid of computing power. Second, we’ll see a much deeper...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 30 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Opinion.

Four in five SMEs “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, report forecasts

Four in five small businesses will be “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, according to a new forecast from software firm Intuit.

The figures, posted in a deck entitled ‘Small Business Success in the Cloud’, prognosticated that 78% of US SMEs would be au fait in six years, as opposed to the current adoption rate of 37%.

While this was the standout stat, the overall report gives off vibes similar to

By James Bourne, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts.

The explosive growth of cloud computing [infographic]

The first part of this infographic supplies information about how much the cloud computing industry was worth in 2008 and how much it is worth today.

In the second bit there is data from Forbes Magazine about the number of people using some form of cloud computing platform and the most used platforms.

In the next section there are statistics about the future of cloud computing like; in the next 5 years, hybrid clouds are expected to represent 43% of the market.

Finally there is a chart that shows which types...

By David Eaves, 23 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Infographic.

Why the PaaS market as we know it will not die off

I’ve been hearing a lot about Platform as a Service (PaaS) lately as part of the broader discussion of cloud computing from both customers and in articles across the web. In this post, I’ll describe PaaS, discuss a recent article that came out on the subject, and take a shot at sorting out IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

What is PaaS?

First a quick trip down memory lane for me. As an intern in college, one of my tours of duty was through the manufacturing systems department at an automaker. I came...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Opinion, PaaS.

Six of the best: CloudTech’s favourite stories from the web

January is always a strange time of year at CloudTech HQ; the Consumer Electronics Show signifies the last vestiges of the holiday break, with the industry firmly awoken from its hibernal slumber to press ahead with 2014 deliverables.

As a result there’s plenty to find across the web – here are our favourite pieces from the last fortnight:

1) Salesforce CEO...

By Cloud Tech, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Editorial, Forecasts, Industry, Microsoft, SaaS .

A roundup of cloud computing and enterprise software predictions for 2014

Alan Kay’s saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it resonates through the best cloud computing and enterprise software predictions for 2014. 

Constraints that held start-ups back from delivering sophisticated new apps and services are disappearing fast.  The dynamics of one of my favorite books, The...

By Louis Columbus, 02 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, Forecasts, Research.

The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.

For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...

By Len Padilla, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Virtualization.

IDC predicts value migration from IaaS to PaaS in 2014, cites IT “third platform”

It’s that time of year again, with every analyst firm falling over themselves to predict what will happen in IT during the next 12 months.

IDC is no different, issuing the first of its 2014 predictions earlier this week with a straightforward claim: all the big players will make increased investment in cloud, mobile and big data because of the huge emergence of the “third platform” for IT management.

The term ‘third platform’ relates to the technology built on the pillars of...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, Trends.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts for 2013

Time-to-market, more flexible support for business strategies by IT, and faster response time to competitive conditions are combining to accelerate cloud computing adoption today.

Of the enterprises I’ve spoken with over the last several months including several Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses just beginning to evaluate cloud-based CRM and manufacturing systems, one message...

By Louis Columbus, 04 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts.