10 July 2017

Cloud trends 2016

We have largely passed the first half year. A good time to draw up the balance for 2016’s cloud trends in order to achieve Q3 and Q4 2016 business targets. Which trends have we seen during the first months which have proven to be settled in 2016? We put together a list of cloud trends that have proven themselves by now, so don’t miss out on them:

1. Internet of Things

A few years from now we will collectively own and use approximately six billion devices that are connected to the internet. With the use of applications all these devices have the capability to communicate with each other in the cloud. The amount of management, control and optimisation all these apps are going to require will skyrocket. Applications are going to meet in the cloud and will have to be interconnected and able to react to one another. This makes it a priority for players in the IT market to have access to a multifunctional platform, that allows for a great diversity of devices to connect and facilitate a seamless assimilation a single integrated platform.

2. The App economy

Did you know that some 200 trillion applications were downloaded in 2015? The uncomplicated downloading of applications has globally evolved to an IT trend as an accessible method for distributing mobile applications. The easy downloading and consumption of a wide selection of applications has had a significant impact on business productivity. Business Intelligent applications encourage people to cooperate online and to report and process data more quickly. Employees operate more efficiently and business processes can be optimised using this new way of IT.

3. Provider reliability

In this day and age service providers will have to prove that they really are capable of implementing efficient, sustainable and cost-effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions to business users. Public cloud service vendors are increasingly struggling with sales of business level support, implementation technology and IT management. They must rely on the services and expertise that value added resellers (VARs) can deliver. By exploring new partnerships, resellers and VARs can provide a complete portfolio of services. This allows them to market a full service offering to their customers.

4. Complete support for management services in Hybrid Cloud

Optimally securing hybrid cloud solutions for the business market remains a major focus for 2016. IT departments are combining their own services with external professional support. This creates new, innovative service and business models that stimulate the integration and growth of hybrid cloud solutions. It is becoming increasingly important to expand one’s own service delivery and to explore new partnerships that are capable of meeting the strong competition between cloud providers and vendors of standalone solutions.

5. Real-time analysis of cloud data

Creating insights in cloud applications and the amount of data in the cloud is going to be crucial for business users. In order to fully and flexibly make use of cloud, users need to have access to relevant data and functionality. A growing number of companies is considering the use of public cloud to implement legacy software and backup services. With a diversity of options to rehost existing applications in the cloud, it is advised to outsource all your business applications with the same provider. By doing so, you will prevent any hinder of flexibility and negative impact on IT expenses. By gaining a clear insight and advice about applications and data in the cloud these solutions can be made to be beneficial for the long term.

6. Innovative data distribution technologies

Cloud providers are delivering ever more distribution software to their users. This causes large amounts of data to be exported. Content can be managed more easily from the cloud and can be presented on many different displays and devices. Data owners can leverage this to better control and manage results and distribution of content. This development will cause a significant transformation in users’ internet behaviour. In today’s competitive data exchange-market it is imperative that IT managers employ features and platforms that allow them to maintain control by assigning use and edit rights per individual user.