2017 Cloud Computing Predictions for IT Industry: Gartner

With cloud computing becoming more and more integral to IT organizations, confusion still prevails, and longstanding beliefs about security and operations continue to “cloud” opinions and approaches.

According to research firm Gartner, many organizations are paying an “opportunity cost” by overestimating the risk inherent in certain forms of cloud computing. At the same time, an equal number of organizations are taking unrecognized and inappropriately high levels of risk by placing sensitive data in cloud services that are not designed for it.

So what shape cloud computing can take within global IT industry by 2017? Here are a few predictions highlighted in the report:

Over 50% of large SaaS application providers will offer matching business process services and an integrated PaaS

Many SaaS providers will offer corresponding business process services such as invoicing as a service in addition to invoicing software as a service, or expense management services in addition to expense management software as a service. Also, by 2017, the relationship between the providers of SaaS and PaaS will become more synergistic.

5% of all IT job turnover will be fallout from poor risk decisions about the use of public cloud computing

Although the cloud computing market has so far had an enviable safety record, no form of computing has ever fully resisted compromise, so some degree of failure is likely. The most successful cloud services providers (CSPs) will be those that enable customers to make well-supported risk acceptance decisions by providing information linked to security features and risk transparency.

80% of large enterprises will restrict their private cloud data center services to less than 20% of their total data center services

Enterprises are continuously being challenged in implementing private cloud services, because it requires a fundamental shift in how IT is delivered. A majority of enterprises don’t even have a firm date to implement a private cloud, or they have no plans at all.

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In lieu of the above points, it has been recommended that IT departments need to adopt a hybrid-IT approach, in which IT delivers internal services and brokers the use of external services, such as SaaS and BPaaS. IT leaders and cloud strategists should continue to invest in automating frequently requested IT services as the first step to private and public cloud adoption. Also, chief information security officers  (CISOs’) should implement policies and processes that focus security efforts on high-risk/high-return opportunities.

The complete report is available here.