The recent emergence and ongoing evolution of cloud computing is allowing organizations to embrace new technologies and strategies that may give them a competitive advantage over rival firms. According to the 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies by Gartner, the cloud is quickly approaching its "tipping point," at which it – along with the technologies it supports – is becoming mainstream.
"The theme of this year's Hype Cycle is the concept of 'tipping points,'" Hung LeHong, a research vice president at Gartner, said. "We are at an interesting moment, a time when many of the scenarios we've been talking about for a long time are almost becoming reality."
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One of today's biggest enterprise trends is mobility, which is being fueled by the consumerization of IT and the evolution of cloud computing. By using cloud-based technologies, organizations will be able to provide users with access to mission-critical information and solutions anywhere, at any time and on any platform, Gartner said. This becomes increasingly important with the proliferation of BYOD (bring your own device) programs, in which employees are allowed to use personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace, adding more variables to the management aspect of mobility.
The cloud is also leading to an increased deployment of big data initiatives, in which companies are able to gather, interpret and leverage large volumes of customer information to enhance operations, boost satisfaction and gain a competitive edge over rival firms, Gartner noted. Since the cloud is a highly cost-effective and scalable technology, practically any organization can embrace the big data phenomenon and utilize next-generation analytic tools.
A separate study by Jaspersoft echoed the growing number of big data initiatives within the enterprise, as roughly 62 percent of survey respondents said they already have the programs in place.
"From the variety of industries using big data to the different use cases identified, it's clear that big data adoption is gaining momentum alongside cloud deployment, two complementary technologies which can fundamentally shift the cost/value curve in an organization," Brian Gentile, the CEO of Jaspersoft, said.
As cloud computing technologies continue to mature, it will be important that decision-makers deploy the appropriate level of data security to keep mission-critical information protected, regardless of where or how it is used.
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