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