Has cloud computing come of age?

It has been around for some time, but over the last few years, cloud computing has become a key driver when it comes to helping companies of all types and sizes to achieve significant change. Once seen as a “cheap option” for smaller organisations, it is now a must-have for all businesses that want access to winning technology. Although it still comes with an affordable price tag.

As we move through 2019, at Cloud Geeni, we think this will be the year that the cloud truly comes of age. With the combination of low-cost IT and high-value services establishing the cloud as the technology of choice.

What do the stats say?

According to Gartner[1]:

  • The cloud market is projected to grow by over 17% this year, reaching a staggering $206 billion in 2019. That’s up from $175 billion in 2018 and $145 billion in 2017
  • By 2022, 90% of organisations will be using cloud services
  • Software as a service (SaaS) remains the largest segment of the cloud market. With revenue expected to grow by almost 18% to reach $85.1 billion in 2019.

How is the cloud expected to shake things up over the next 12 months?

  1. Large enterprises will embrace the cloud. In 2019, large organisations must modernise their core business applications if they want to keep up with smaller, more agile contenders
  2. The cloud will help all businesses to become more agile. When going through a period of digital change, a company usually has to shift the way it does things. With the power of the cloud, businesses of all sizes can move between resources quickly and easily. This leads to greater agility and flexibility
  3. The cloud will be used to support traditional and pioneering technology. From hosted desktops and automation to machine learning and artificial intelligence, businesses will use the cloud to test a whole range of tech
  4. The cloud will lead to greater innovation. When trying to modernise, companies usually have to innovate, assess, tweak, apply and repeat. The cloud provides an environment where this can be done easily without the need for a complicated setup
  5. The cloud will be used to extract value from big data. Companies will invest in the cloud to enable them to access valuable analytics and derive fresh insights from the data they already collect
  6. The cloud will support the mobile working revolution. Cloud tech is helping to promote new and flexible ways of working by ensuring employees can access everything they need to do their jobs, regardless of where they are
  7. Hybrid cloud adoption will grow. Companies will deploy and manage both on-premises and cloud-hosted solutions. Under the hybrid approach, while these models exist separately, they also interact with each other to provide a range of combined benefits
  8. SaaS will continue to thrive. SaaS providers will continue to adapt and evolve their platforms to meet the needs of specific businesses and industries
  9. The cloud will support greater collaboration. Cloud computing (for example via a cloud-based hosted desktop), ensures that files can be accessed from any internet-enabled device at any time. This helps to create an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork where everyone has access to the very latest information
  10. The cloud will support greater integration. The cloud offers simplified integration opportunities across back-office operations such as HR, accounting, and marketing.

Ultimately in 2019 and beyond, the cloud will continue to support digital transformation by helping to solve traditional business problems and finding new and better ways of doing things.

Today’s technology delivered efficiently from the cloud is helping businesses of all sizes to succeed. Find out more about how our cloud-hosted desktops can help your organisation to flourish. 

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[1] https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-09-12-gartner-forecasts-worldwide-public-cloud-revenue-to-grow-17-percent-in-2019