Although welcome (to us at least!) it’s no particular surprise that the top three trends in enterprise IT (as identified by Matt Murphy in a report for TechCrunch this week) all have their basis in cloud computing.
1. Cloud computing
The number one slot is given to cloud computing in general — with an interesting statistic from Morgan Stanley suggesting that a third of workloads now run in the cloud. Maybe it’s the fact that cloud is taking its place in the enterprise setting that’s most significant here: acceptance of the technology in and of itself (seeing its value and overcoming the perceived threats/technical barriers to adoption) and as a business strategy is increasing — and big business is ready to capitalise. Indeed, in a piece for ZDNet last week, Joe McKendrick highlighted the case of GE (a $146-billion-a-year company with 300,000 employees) which reportedly deploys over 90 per cent of new applications in the cloud — and public cloud at that.
2. Virtualising everything
Coming in at number two is “Virtualising everything” — quite a broad term to say the least, but a concept that is fundamental to cloud computing. It doesn’t take too much of a leap in imagination to perceive an on-premise virtualised environment as a private cloud — and to align the benefits of virtualisation with those of cloud (whether that’s public, hybrid, or indeed, private).
3. New IT buyers
Number three is an interesting and really quite important trend: “New IT buyers”. Matt highlights the way in which purchasing decisions in enterprise IT — traditionally the domain of CIOs and IT staff — are increasingly being made by individual departments. It’s the on-demand nature of cloud computing that has helped to give freedom to teams throughout a business to get the resources they need, when they’re needed.
This democratisation of IT procurement is helped by the removal of the commitment to capital expenditure that was once associated with obtaining IT resources. Gone are the delays involved in waiting for the IT department to individually approve and deploy compute or storage requests.
In short, we come back to what has become something of a motto for the underlying value of cloud computing: IT agility leads to business agility.
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