According to the report, approximately 80 percent of new enterprise applications will be developed for the cloud in 2011 and adoption of the technology has moved into the "early majority" phase.
Cloud computing is a disruptive technology that will transform enterprises dramatically, according to the report. These transformations were the topic of discussion at a recent panel that took place at the Cloud Leadership Forum conference in Santa Clara, California, the report said.
According to the panel's speakers, the cloud is the "third platform," bringing IT into its next phase. Mainframe computing, which offered enterprises approximately 2,000 applications, was the first platform. The second was the client/server model, which led to the PC revolution.
PCs, the speakers said, led to the creation of tens of thousands of applications. The cloud, according to the report, is the next phase. "It will create tens of millions of applications and spawn an explosion of new services, including mobile apps, social technology and analytics/big data," the report said.
Dave McNally, IT executive adviser for IDC and one of the panelists, said that businesses will soon come to view their IT departments' role as akin to that of an "internal app store."
Whereas internal IT was once tasked with building specialized applications and customizing large third-party offerings, the cloud will change their role. Now, they will help users access a "smorgasbord" of services that can be accessed using any connected device.
Migration to the cloud is happening at a time when the enterprise software market is growing rapidly. According to a recent Gartner study, enterprise software revenues will grow 9.5 percent worldwide in 2011.