Since its introduction to the enterprise, the cloud has brought about discussion as to how the technology will evolve the workplace. There has been a lot of hype surrounding what the future holds for the cloud and whether or not these changes will impact the private sector.
A new report by CIO U.K. forecasts significant cloud computing transformations in the coming years, but whether or not this evolution will make a difference for businesses will be up to decision-makers and how well they adapt to change.
What does the future hold?
Although cloud computing is widely considered a major disruptive force for the business world, it will not impact every aspect of operations. In many cases, legacy systems will not be required to move to the cloud, as the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," still rings true today, CIO U.K. said. More often than not, the cloud will change how developers create applications for the future instead of replacing existing solutions.
Data security has always been a concern for decision-makers who are considering adopting the cloud. In the future, however, protecting the virtual environment will be less of an issue as the technology matures and service providers are able to deploy more robust data protection tools, CIO U.K. predicted. While there will continue to be breaches, hacks and other scandals, these occurrences will happen in similar frequency to on-premise systems.
As a result of these enhanced cloud security capabilities, there will be a shift in procurement practices as technical decision-makers, such as IT administrators and CIOs, will have a less significant role in the adoption of the cloud. As Software-as-a-Service and additional cloud computing models become more user friendly, CMOs and other C-level executives will be more responsible for migrating processes to hosted environments, CIO U.K. noted.
Ongoing challenges will continue during cloud computing era
Although the increased use of the cloud will introduce new business opportunities for decision-makers, companies will once again be forced to overcome hurdles along the way. As confidence in cloud computing grows, more unofficial services will crop up and require the attention of IT departments.
Unlike personal clouds and other services that are primarily accessed through desktop or laptop computers, the ongoing consumerization of IT is providing individuals with another way to use the cloud: through personal mobile devices. As more mission-critical information is stored within the cloud, the BYOD (bring your own device) trend will continue to spread throughout the enterprise, leading to new privacy, security and operational challenges, CIO U.K. said.
A separate study by Cisco revealed that approximately 95 percent of organizations support the use of personal smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices in some way. While security continues to be a concern for many decision-makers, BYOD and cloud computing is helping companies achieve greater levels of productivity.
"As the number of devices being brought into work increases, organizations need a comprehensive mobility strategy," Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior said. "By leveraging the intelligent network, organizations can now provide their employees with the benefits of working anywhere, anytime: in other words, 'work your way.'"
There is no longer any doubt that the cloud holds substantial promise for the enterprise. While the technology may also invite new challenges, decision-makers who properly plan how they deploy and use the cloud will likely encounter fewer problems. Those who don't strategize their migration to the cloud will probably experience unnecessary turbulence along the way.
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