As the need for big data continues to rise, so does the need for Cloud computing, and this isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. When anything new comes into fashion, various trends are set and grow from humble beginnings to become completely ubiquitous. Here are some of those trends for the world of Cloud computing.
1) Cloud technology will become even better value
In the past, software was purchased on a disk or, more recently, as a one time download. The user would simply go to a shop or website, pay and then install the software.
There were two key problems with this; firstly, expense is usually high for one time purchases, as the whole cost has to be paid upfront; secondly, if there is a problem with the software further down the line, the company who created or sold the software has no real vested interest in fixing the problem because they already have your money. While companies always offer some level of support, it’s often incredibly limited and results in you just buying the new version or a competitor’s product to replace it.
Cloud-based software, however, takes an entirely different approach, an approach, which solves both of these problems.
Most companies who sell Cloud-based solutions often do so as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)and not as a product. This means that their customers pay for the software on a month-by-month basis. This not only offers you incredible financial flexibility, but also means that the provider has a strong vested interest in keeping you happy, solving your problems as soon as or before they arise and improving the level of service to keep you on board, all of which means you get real bang for your buck and significantly boosts the chance of you getting a return on your investment.
2) Cloud technology will continue to drive collaboration
The Cloud is already charging ahead of age-old word documents with notes, comments and edits scribbled in the margin. The advent of the likes of Google Docs, Dropbox and WebEx means that collaborating on projects and making decisions has never been easier. Even if it is across offices, teams can come together to share thoughts, ideas and discussions.
I’ve relied on the Cloud for as long as I can remember, even when I was at University writing my final year dissertation, I had up to date copies saved on just about every free Cloud storage program I could find: Google Drive, Skydrive, Dropbox…the lot. Paranoid of losing my files? Me? Never!
And while most good Cloud providers will already be using the very best military grade security processes, we will continue to see Cloud software get even more secure than it already is today.
3) More businesses will be integrating Cloud technology
As many businesses continue to move their day-to-day operations to The Cloud, there will be a need to manage both workloads on-premises and across multiple clouds. The Cloud has become incredibly accessible in the last few years, to the point that you only need a credit card now to spin up a new SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) application.
However, many businesses fail to even consider how their fancy new bit of kit will integrate with their existing software. You simply can’t have dozens of applications working across different versions of the same invoice or customer record for example. It kind of defeats the object of moving to the Cloud.
The beauty of many SaaS based Cloud applications mean you don’t need your IT team to waste days integrating the two. API management solutions and teams can often be all you need to integrate multiple cloud and on-premises services to give you a single view for all of your Cloud applications.
4) It’s going mobile
The increasing popularity of mobile devices including tablets and smartphones means that employees can work from virtually anywhere. Inline with this, the anytime, anywhere nature of Cloud computing is one of the main reasons any business should be sitting up to take note. And sharpish.
Its ease of accessibility makes Cloud technology the ideal solution for those who travel a lot for work. Instead of having to go to their workplace to perform a task on their computer before commuting to their next sales appointment, they can simply log onto their mobile device and conduct the activity via Cloud computing. This enables increased collaboration, by allowing all employees to sync up and work on documents and shared apps simultaneously, wherever they may be.
As more and more businesses realise the productivity benefits of using Cloud computing applications to manage business data, the number of mobile-friendly Cloud software applications is also set to rise.
With so many changes and improvements set to happen in the future of Cloud computing, it’s an industry which can be hard to keep track of. But one thing is for certain – Cloud computing is here to stay.
Are there any cloud computing trends you’re excited about seeing in the coming months or years? Please share and discuss them below.