Written by Dr. Mariana Carroll
Cloud adoption in South Africa is still very reactionary, specifically due to inadequate Cloud understanding, regulatory issues, compliance and security concerns. There is however a clear edge for early adopters of cloud, transforming and enabling their business and IT models toward cost effectiveness, enhanced collaboration, increased agility and innovative solutions. It is believed that Cloud adoption, especially for emerging markets, will grow significantly in the next 2 years. The concerns around data control, security and privacy will remain problematic, but better understanding of Cloud risks means that organisations are able to develop mitigating controls and ensure adequate monitoring and management of Cloud services.
In the past few weeks, IT Magazines and Research Institutions have published predictions on their expectations for 2013 with regards to Cloud Computing. We have selected our top six trends that we feel will have the strongest impact in 2013.
- Cloud Computing Learning – Management is becoming more informed about what makes Cloud computing different from traditional virtual infrastructures to make architecturally sound decisions. Cloud computing is not simply a technology evolution, but rather a different way of enabling and transforming enterprise IT delivery and services. It is imperative for management to understand the business value from Cloud investments. This is where establishing your organisation’s readiness for Cloud adoption is important.
- Hybrid Clouds – The market is undergoing a swift to more integrated systems and ecosystems. Organisations are expected to move towards more strategic hybrid mixes of public Cloud services with more commercially packaged private Cloud services. This is leading to a drive by third-party integrators to facilitate these hybrid Cloud integrations for customers.
- Cloud and Mobile Devices – In 2013, Gartner predicts, that mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. Increasingly more mobile apps are connecting to cloud-based services and most SaaS applications have a mobile client interface. Forrester research indicates that mobile devices and applications will continue to rely on Cloud computing due to benefits such as elasticity, cost-efficiency and processing power.
- Personal Clouds – Following from the increased usage of smart mobile devices, Gartner predicts that the personal Cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content and access their services, therefore shifting focus to cloud-based services delivered across multiple devices.
- Data Protection – Increasingly more individuals and companies store their data in the Cloud without consideration of privacy laws and regulations or encryption and/or encryption key management. In 2013 we’ll see a drive towards understanding privacy legislation implications and ensuring control over data in the Cloud.
- Data Intelligence – More and more organisations will realise that the combination of mobile clients and Cloud-based analytic engines and big data repositories enables competitive advantage through simulation, predictions, optimisation, flexibility and better decision-making anytime, anywhere.
For more information on how the cloud effects your business and what the trends mean for you; contact Mariana directly; or leave us a comment below and we will get back to you!