Cloud Computing: An Update

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My earlier post from November 2012, The Inevitability of Cloud Computing in Law Firms summarized the findings from a survey on use of the cloud and listed benefits of cloud computing. More recently, predictions regarding IT and cloud use among businesses revealed in Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2012 and Beyond: Control Slips Away available on the Gartner website with a summary here and other predictions here are garnering a great deal of attention on social media sites.

These predictions confirm that adoption of cloud computing by businesses is expected to climb, and should these predictions come to fruition, there will be impacts on businesses and their IT departments.

The Gartner predictions and my comments:

  • “As the use of cloud computing continues to grow, in 2016 the bulk of new IT spend will be on cloud services.” Assuming external cloud services are highly sought after this may result in low-cost cloud services and IT cost savings for companies investing in the cloud.
  • “By 2015, 35 percent of enterprise IT expenditures for most organizations will be managed outside the IT department’s budget.”¬† Perhaps this will result in more IT services that are driven more widely by end-user input and which enable greater collaboration clients.
  • “At year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud.” While big companies almost always drive the initial acceptance of technological change, should the security of the cloud prove to be trustworthy, trickle down to smaller companies is certain to occur.
  • “By 2015, mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4-to-1.” Say goodbye to the PC? No, but we can at least expect purchases and use of mobile devices to surpass PCs. Of course, mobile devices currently cannot do everything PCs do, but for common tasks there is great parity. If this prediction comes true, in the near future they will likely surpass PCs on all task capabilities.
  • “By 2016, at least 50 percent of enterprise email users will rely primarily on a browser, tablet or mobile client instead of a desktop client.” This is great news and bodes well for better mobile email interfaces and greater mobile communication options such as instant messaging.

Hang on tight, but be flexible! Clearly, in the next several years we are in for a technological roller-coaster ride of epic proportions and seismic changes.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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One Response to Cloud Computing: An Update

  1. Interesting findings on the growth of cloud computing.

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