Four Trends in Cloud Computing


“It’s become the phrase du jour,” says Ben Pring, former Vice President of Research at Gartner, of the term cloud computing. “The problem is that everyone seems to have a different definition.”

So let’s start out with the simple question:  What is cloud computing? According to Oxford Dictionaries, it’s the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Now, instead of using a personal computer to run an application, individuals can do this from anywhere in the world.

With easy access to information, automatic software integration and fast deployment, cloud computing is here to stay and it’s growing. Companies like JAGGAER, who provide products which are completely cloud-based, can provide significant advantages to their customers compared to on-premise solutions that other business automation software providers offer. As more and more organizations adapt to this technology – and get used to the cost and efficiency benefits – new trends have emerged and here are the ones we think are most noteworthy:

  1. BYOD – The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has created an avenue for more flexible working environments. Many companies are adopting work-from-home options and rethinking traditional 9-5 office hours which means mobile devices and tablets have become the new desktop. The cloud allows users to log in from anywhere, at any time through a web-enabled device, so coming into the office early and staying late are relics of the past. This accessibility (which will help us segue into our next trend) is not only more convenient, but allows people to be more productive within their individual schedules.
  2. Globalization – Global cloud traffic is projected to grow 4.5-fold from 2012-2017, and by 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion, according to Silicon Angle. Here is where the “anytime, anywhere” mentality comes into play again. It has become essential for companies that span across various locations to ensure consistency for everyone accessing internal applications and systems. This consistency fosters better collaboration among global counterparts and makes communication seamless between vendors, suppliers and customers from anywhere on the map.
  3. Shifts in Hiring – As more companies move their business to the cloud, they will have to reevaluate the skills needed to run their business in the most effective way. A recent example is SAP’s move to the cloud. According to The Wall Street Journal, the software giant is planning to cut a significant number of jobs as it moves to modernize its organization, shifting focus from packaged software to a cloud-based software delivery model. While this technology has made some businesses leaner, it also changes the types of jobs in demand. From app developers to programmers, the cloud has made IT experience one of the hottest skills on the market.
  4. Sustainability – Organizations using cloud computing only use the server space they need, which decreases their corporate carbon footprint. Using the cloud results in less energy consumption and carbon emissions when compared to using on-site servers.  Furthermore, shared data centers can employ fewer machines to get an equivalent outcome, which means in addition to saving the environment, you’re also saving money on the cost of hardware.

We don’t have a crystal ball to predict what’s next with cloud computing, but we are sure of one thing – it’s not going away anytime soon. JAGGAER is proud to be on the forefront of cloud computing, providing solutions that enable greater visibility and compliance to help organizations optimize efficiencies and reduce spend. Our cloud-based solutions are quick and easy to implement and are proven to deliver measurable, sustainable value.

Is your organization using cloud computing? What do you think are the biggest trends? Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below or on Twitter by following @JAGGAER.

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