Key Trends In Cloud Computing To Prepare For In 2019

By Mark Watson|12 December 2018

How is cloud computing going to shape enterprise IT in 2019? This perennial question, just insert a different year, is generally answered with the prediction that more IT budget will be spent on cloud computing, and more IT infrastructure, platforms and solutions will migrate to the cloud.

The picture looks similar for 2019, those that haven’t yet embraced digital transformation are getting left behind, and those that have are increasingly moving more IT systems into the cloud.

But there are a few trends that we’re seeing developing that might shape your IT cloud strategy in 2019. Here’s what the experts are saying:

3 Cloud Computing Trends For 2019

  1. 1. Platform as a Service (PaaS) will grow faster than other cloud services

KPMG predict that investment in Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions will grow from 32% in 2016 to 56% in 2019, outperforming other cloud services. PaaS provides the platform for enterprises to run, develop and manage other cloud applications (software). Microsoft Azure is an example of this, it includes middleware, development tools, business intelligence (BI) services, database management systems, as well as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - servers, storage and networking.

  1. 2. Hybrid solutions will become part of many organisation’s IT strategy

Digital transformation has presented many challenges for enterprises, not least how to migrate legacy IT systems to the cloud. Many cloud migration strategies have failed, doomed in part because they were viewed as an all or nothing solution. Hybrid cloud solutions are now gaining traction, with CIO’s realising that complete digital transformation may be hard to achieve. By migrating to the cloud at their own pace, testing solutions and adding more cloud services as required, organisations can manage digital transformation much more effectively. And avoid many of the pitfalls that an all or nothing approach create.

  1. 3. More awareness of cloud compliance issues

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in awareness within many enterprises of data protection regulations and compliance issues in the last year, not least because of GDPR. While the legislation hasn’t radically changed data protection laws, it has certainly put issues over data storage and the handling of personal data at the forefront of the Board’s minds. In 2019 we expect to see CIOs and compliance officers grappling with how GDPR affects the cloud services they use, and more discussion and dissemination on this subject.

If you want to discuss how these trends will impact your organisation and how to ensure your digital transformation strategy is aligned with technology and cloud services, please get in touch.

You can also download our Enterprise Cloud Strategy guidance here.

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