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10 Cloud Computing Trends for 2014

Posted by Sven Denecken in SAP Cloud Computing on Dec 30, 2013 8:58:24 AM

At the beginning of 2013 I made predictions (here), let’s see how they turned out before we look at 2014: 2013 predictions: 1) More Growth of Mobile Cloud Computing – Yes! Cloud solutions in 2013 led with their mobile interfaces. 2) Increased Importance of Cloud Security - Snowden and the NSA affair brought a different perspective to cloud security in 2013, adding to an already hot topic. 3) Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) Boom – boom? Not really. But 60% of IT investments are influenced or even decided by the line of business (non-IT). So yes in that sense that cloud is spreading beyond being a technology topic. 4) Focus on Beautiful Applications - Absolutely! User Experience is key. If you do not focus on a targeted user experience, then do not even bother. 5) Need for the Glocal Cloud – cloud vendors have to be global, as business is global. But you need to adapt to local needs. So yes, glocal is key. 6) Rise of the Geopolitical Cloud – Unfortunately security and data protection concerns accelerated the geopolitical discussion dramatically. There is a risk for all if the cloud becomes too fragmented. On the other hand there is a huge business risk in loss of trust in the cloud. An European cloud approach could help. And in China, it is clear that you need a local Chinese cloud. 7) Spotlight on the Clean Cloud - Sustainability and innovation go hand in hand. This is our future and we have a responsibility. 8) Hybrid Cloud Boom – boom? It has become reality! Even cloud purists acknowledge the need for a pragmatic cloud strategy. Capitalize on your existing investment where appropriate and be agile with cloud solutions where it makes most sense.

Cloud is Business: that is my 2014 prediction.
I often hear people say they are developing and executing according to their Cloud Strategy – I believe this is not the right approach. First and foremost you need to have a business strategy, and then apply cloud computing where it is of best fit.

The location of a datacenter and the laws which apply to that location is important. in Germany and in China with companies like SAP being well positioned. and IT needs to be the innovator rather than the gatekeeper. We will see a rising demand for private cloud deployments and private editions of public cloud. e. x x x Cloud for Europe launches as SAP backs EU rules on data privacy 6$36HHV16$6FDQGDO$V2SSRUWXQLW\¶7R%RRVW&ORXG3UHVHQFH SAP Sales Jump After NSA Leaks .g. The world around us is changing.See more here. Cloud LVUHFRJQL]HGDVIDFLOLWDWLQJ‡VSHHG -to-PDUNHW· – and for its ability to drive business agility. the transfer of investments from IT to line-of-business budgets will require 60 percent of CIOs to focus the IT budget on business innovation and value. 2. making secure enforcement of employee passwords and single sign-RQSROLFLHV‡DPXVW· By 2015.See more here. This is because cloud supports rapid experimentation and innovation by allowing companies to quickly try and even adopt new solutions without significant up-front costs. 60 percent of CIO security budgets for increasingly vulnerable legacy systems will be 30 to 40 percent too small to fund enterprise threat assessments . industry and preferences and help them to apply new agile approaches to achieve their business objectives. New cloud solutions can help business to understand their customers' unique challenges. Security – Addressing security & privacy is key to building trust in cloud computing &ORXG&RQYHUVDWLRQVDUHGRPLQDWHGE\RQHTXHVWLRQ‡+RZVHFXUHLVWKHFORXG·7KLVLVDWLSRIWKH iceberg question which normally leads to questions around: x x x x x x x Physical Security and Data Location Network Security Backup & Recovery Operational Compliance Confidentiality & Integrity Data Portability Location of Data However.Bundesdatenschutzgesetz). According to Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. 86% of all security breaches were accomplished by the use of stolen login credentials. can help build trust when deciding on a geographical storage location for customers data. Cloud is business – Cloud enables agility and business innovation Every business today is a digital business. By 2017. The strictness of European regulations. . There is a move towards geopolitical cloud initiatives. and especially UHJXODWLRQVLQ*HUPDQ\*HUPDQ\¶V)HGHUDO’DWD3URWHFWLRQ$FW . Data privacy has become a hot topic in the post-Snowden era.10 Cloud Computing Trends for 2014 1.


vendors. and then have the agility in your business processes. I see that Big Data and Predictive Analytics will merge and likely fall under the single concept of Predictive Technology. not the vendors pace. And now in real-time. or capitalize on these changes. That also indicates that we need to connect with above 40% of the systems that are currently on-premise. 10. While networks we know today are mostly focused on the B2B interaction of enterprises. just knowing about a market opportunity or a SHQGLQJULVNLVQ¶WHQRXJK You have to have that capacity and insight to assess a myriad of scenarios to detect the right course of action.g. over half of the spending in IT will be allocated to cloud computing. It is simple: more users make a network more attractive and amplify the benefit for all. partners. 7. Cloud brokerage will become increasingly important. IT departments need to be involved early to ensure quality and decide on the capabilities to manage the different cloud environments with a consistent management framework. 9. Realtime and Predictive – Realtime is no longer enough Users are bombarded with analytics and statistics. A cloud platform & solutions will provide the base for such innovation and agility. A clear path converging to one platform will be key.The business network effect Solutions designed for the networked economy will be leveraged to ensure interaction between all stakeholders – employees. financial and customer relationship networks. but just knowing something is going to happen. we will see new networks rise fast. . But real-time is no longer enough. The Network effect only kicks in if you are open and you scale fast. It also needs to be predictive. the collection and analysis of the data is worthless. tools and user experience.W¶VQRWMXVWDERXWELJGDWD7KDW part of it. your organizational structures. Platform – you need to have a PaaS to succeed with cloud solutions Companies often end up with a cloud landscape where cloud solutions pop up like mushrooms. Hybrid cloud – It’s all about the mix You cannot move everything to the cloud. Networks . analysis and dissemination of results and actions that much easier due to its flexibility. e.Without appropriate action. Within next 2 years. 8. and your systems to be able to adapt to. And even more important . The prediFWLYHEXVLQHVVLVQWMXVWDERXWDGYDQFHGDQDO\WLFV. provided by vendors or other partners.why rip out something that works and disrupt the business? Adoption of cloud should happen at the customers pace. You may not even want to. Hybrid is a fact of life. Cloud technology makes the collection. A critical factor will be the ability of this platform to drive innovation as well as provide integration to your existing landscape.