Flair4IT Makes Five Predictions on the Future of the Cloud
Flair4IT, an IT support company in the United Kingdom, has completed a piece of in house research to make predictions in terms of the future of the cloud. They have compiled a list of the five most likely things to happen. An increase in availability of applications is the most likely development.
The cloud is one of the hottest topics in the world of IT today. Enterprises all over the world are becoming increasingly reliant on it, and this is only set to grow. In fact, many businesses believe that the cloud is going to transform the future of businesses.
Based on this, IT support company www.Flair4IT.co.uk has completed a piece of in house research to look at the most likely developments in the world of IT over the coming years. They performed studies among their clients and beyond in terms of what is needed, and which gaps in service may need to be filled. Based on this, they came up with five specific predictions.
The first is that more applications will be available through the cloud. A representative from Flair4IT said: “A lot of software is now built specifically by the cloud. We believe that by the end of this year, some 48 million applications, a quarter of the total that are out there, will be cloud-available.”
This prediction was made based on the fact that some 58% of companies now spends around 10% of their annual budget using cloud-based services. Additionally, 56% of businesses have stated that the cloud can give them a strategic edge, leading to accelerated innovation and operational excellence.
Secondly, they believe there will be an increase in cloud market growth. “It is almost impossible to keep up with how fast the cloud is growing,” adds the representative, “and it’s showing no signs of stopping. We believe that total adoption will hit $250 by the end of next year, as more and more companies become reliant on the cloud.”
The market of SaaS (Software as a Service) is also growing at around 20.2% per year. If this continues, it would be worth $45.6 billion by next year. The consequence of this is that businesses now seem to call everything “as a service”.
Thirdly, Flair4IT expects there to be more hybrid cloud adoption. “We believe that 50% of businesses will be on hybrid cloud by next year,” states the representative. “Strategies now start to include the cloud, and we think that this will lead to more businesses move more onto the cloud itself. However, it is unlikely they will ever be fully cloud-based, hence the ‘hybrid’ concept has been developed.”
The company expects that the cloud will also develop further. Around the world, there are currently around 18 million software developers. However, just short of 25% is working on creating cloud application. As the cloud becomes more widespread, it is reasonable to assume more people will start to develop their software accordingly. Since 85% of software is currently supported by cloud, there is an increased need for people who can build these applications.
Finally, Flair4IT expects that the cloud will lead to significant innovation. “We know that businesses simply cannot compete anymore without innovative as well,” states the Flair4IT representative. “The cloud itself is an innovative tool, so it’s like a double whammy. Businesses use something new, and this helps them to develop new things.”
There are many other trends likely to happen, but Flair4IT was not yet able to find any data to support those trends. For instance, there is a popular belief that the future of the IT world and the cloud lies in developers, and that demand for them will rise sharply over the coming years. While Flair4IT is interested in this prediction, and believes it to be true, there is no evidence of it as of yet.