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Current Trends in Cloud Computing

Current Trends in Cloud Computing


by Salim Khalife

A recent Forrester Research brief* outlined 10 critical developments in cloud computing. The researcher asserted that those key developments will shape the industry in 2017 and beyond. The important takeaway for me was the emphasis on industry innovation and responsivenes to customer. There are four key areas from the Forrester Research brief that I believe businesses utilizing cloud computing – or those considering taking that leap – should keep on their radar:

1 – Innovation Breeds Innovation

Cloud computing, itself a significant development, is driving additional innovation. The boom in cloud computingcloud technology has led to an entirely new software genre: cost management SaaS tools. These applications (Cloudability, Cloud Cruiser, CloudHealth and Cloudyn) are relatively inexpensive and help organizations reduce the costs associated with increased cloud usage across the enterprise.

2 – Biggest Isn’t Always Best

The mega cloud vendors including AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft may be setting the pace for innovation, but they are not the only significant players in the game. Smaller, regional cloud companies can offer more personalized service levels, have the ability to pivot quickly to market changes and can innovate faster to meet the needs of a specific vertical market. In today’s market, customer service is king so cloud vendors of every size must maintain high satisfaction levels to remain competitive and successful.

3 – Shun the Complex Suites

Enterprises will shun large, complex and costly private cloud suites, favoring purpose-built tools that minimize the costs of components and software licenses, while providing precise functionality that businesses ask for. Simple, straightforward functionality that is easy to use and easy to maintain will prevail.

4 – Security by Design

As more companies push their workloads from on-premise to the cloud, data security is an increasing concern. Customers are demanding robust security measures from their cloud service providers, prompting the roll-out of cloud security gateways (CSGs) that bring sophisticated data protection measures to the cloud.

Shun the Complex Suites

Enterprises will shun large, complex and costly private cloud suites, favoring purpose-built tools that minimize the costs of components and software licenses, while providing precise functionality that businesses ask for. Simple, straightforward functionality that is easy to use and easy to maintain will prevail.

Security by Design

As more companies push their workloads from on-premise to the cloud, data security is an increasing concern. Customers are demanding robust security measures from their cloud service providers, prompting the roll-out of cloud security gateways (CSGs) that bring sophisticated data protection measures to the cloud.

The Industry’s Response to Trends

cloud technologyEnterprise companies continue to favor cloud services and SaaS applications over on-premise solutions. In response, software publishers continue to migrate their applications to cloud-based deployment models, and develop new applications native to the web and accessed as a service.

For our team at Paramount WorkPlace, these trends have caused us to drive further innovation in mobility for requisition and approvals, to support busy managers and C-suite leadership teams as tablet and mobile phone usage outpaces laptop usage. Our newest mobile release gives procurement users the ability to enter a requisition from a list of pre-defined catalogs and submit the request from their mobile device, even when there is no internet connection; syncing automatically occurs when the mobile device is back online.

Users can also approve transactions and check the status of submitted requisitions on their mobile and tablets at anytime.

As cloud computing reaches critical mass, software publishers in all industries must respond to consumers’ demands by continually innovating and improving their offerings, and by adapting their technologies and services to respond to concerns or they risk being left behind. It’s heartening to me that good old fashioned hard work and customer service are still trending in 2017 and beyond.

*Forrester Research, November 2016, Predictions 2017: Customer-Obsessed Enterprises Launch Cloud’s Second Decade, Ten Key Developments In Cloud Computing Shape The Industry In 2017

About the Author

Salim Khalife is the founder, president and CEO of Paramount WorkPlace, a technology company that develops, sells, and supports advanced web-based and mobile requisition, procurement, and expense software solutions for mid-market organizations. Learn more at http://www.blytheco.com/paramount.

 


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