Here’s what I see coming in the new year:

  1. Enlightened CIOs will regain a key role in the acquisition and implementation of enterprise Cloud solutions, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) computing resources. They will not only put policies in place that will encourage end-users and business units to include IT in the procurement and deployment processes, but will also enable IT to play a more proactive role in the evaluation and selection process.
  2. Corporate end-users and business units will be forced to enlist greater IT involvement and support in the acquisition and implementation of enterprise Cloud solutions because they will face greater challenges integrating them into their existing systems, software and data sources, and ensuring their security and performance.
  3. IT professionals will become more receptive to acquiring Cloud-based IT management solutions that enable them to more easily and economically perform their day-to-day duties so they can dedicate more time to strategic corporate initiatives.
  4. As the adoption of Cloud-based applications and computing resources becomes more mainstream, the focus will shift from generic horizontal applications and services to industry-specific solutions aimed at satisfying the needs of particular vertical markets and business processes.
  5. Government surveillance, such as the NSA activity, will drive greater demand for private, dedicated deployments of Cloud services at the SaaS, IaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) levels. The advent of private clouds will give enterprises more choice, generate greater confusion and create more integration challenges.

[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series.]

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Jeffrey M. Kaplan

Jeff Kaplan is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business Technology Strategies practice. He has developed expertise in helping IT enterprise decision makers with their sourcing strategies. In addition, he assists solution providers with their marketing strategies and venture firms with their investment strategies.

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  1. Jeff,

    Great predictions, although I’d add something to your thoughts. In order for any private IaaS cloud built by enterprise IT to be considered relevant to their key users (typically developers), we have to move beyond just the simple VMs “as a Service” offerings.

    The large public cloud operators are winning the hearts and minds of the development community because they offer more choices and flexibility than pure IaaS or pure PaaS. Look at the wide adoption of services like Amazon’s RDS as a prime example: it’s a high value service that makes it easy to setup and use a database (in turn, driving consumption of more compute and storage resources from the provider). Services like this are powerful in their flexibility and modularity, which make them perfect for developers to use in lots of different architectures.

    Enterprise IT needs to realize that it’s more than just easy access to VMs that will keep their developers happy.

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