Cloud: What 2017 has in store for us
Cloud technologies gained momentum in 2016, but with this maturity comes a realization: the transition to the Cloud does not happen overnight. CIOs prioritize hosting and storing data in the cloud, but approach this transition as a change that will take several years. The IT service teams are preparing for it. In order to have the necessary expertise, they are redefining training priorities and recruiting people with professional experience in the cloud sector.
Many start-ups and SMEs will continue to bet everything on the Cloud, but large companies will favor the gradual abandonment of their on-premise solutions. Well-established businesses will mostly rely on hybrid ecosystems combining data, software and infrastructure. As the journey to the cloud continues, let’s take a look at the top 5 cloud trends for 2017.
The IT department will adapt its skills
The growing adoption of the cloud will create a growing demand for subject matter expertise.
To respect the technological roadmap defined by the company, the IT department will adapt its skills. Training programs will focus on cloud security, hosted databases and infrastructure as a service. IT managers will be looking for candidates with experience with DevOps and cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. With the cloud, you no longer have to worry about scalability and maintenance. The IT department will adopt agile methods to continuously develop and deliver projects. As part of a feasibility study, for example, companies will use servers hosted on demand. As these can be set up and shut down in just a few hours, this leaves the bandwidth needed to complete more strategic projects.
Businesses will adopt hybrid approaches more widely
The hybrid approach is greatly simplified by a new generation of flexible software, able to navigate between different systems, on premises and in the cloud, seamlessly.
For a hybrid environment to remain effective, businesses need solutions that can run at a time on premise and in the cloud. This is where hybrid software comes in handy, as it allows users to connect to their data wherever it is stored. These solutions offer the choice of deploying on-premises or in the public cloud and running as a fully hosted service. Thus, CIOs invest in a single solution that will meet all needs. Complex hybrid environments emerge as a single system for end users. For IT, the benefits are even greater, as investments in hybrid software solutions will retain their full value when the business chooses to move all of its operations to the cloud.
The IT department will work in partnership with business users
Rapid adoption of SaaS applications is often a challenge for IT. Nevertheless, with the rise of cloud-focused roadmaps, IT is now taking the lead and taking a proactive approach to selecting, securing and supporting these applications.
SaaS applications can thus be fully integrated into business operations, and IT can connect them to payload data, meet security requirements with SAML authentication, and pass billing items through the appropriate channels. . For their part, business users also benefit from an enriched experience. Identity provider portals like OneLogin or Okta provide easy access, company IT experts provide technical support, and applications integrate easily with internal systems. Users work with the applications of their choice, without having to violate applicable policies.
Software governance is good for IT and business
With locally installed software, IT is struggling to find the right balance between visibility on the applications deployed and flexibility to be provided to the end user. Hosted services now allow IT to maintain control of installed applications, without limiting the personal choices of end users.
This gives IT precise control over authentication, data security, and user permissions. It also helps to limit restrictions on end users, who are therefore allowed to choose and customize their applications. Access to cutting-edge technologies is now considered a determining factor in employee satisfaction. Thanks to the autonomy thus gained in terms of software choice, many improve their productivity and are more satisfied. Companies that opt for hosted applications therefore increase their chances of success because they attract the best talent.
Service providers will focus on driving change
The rise of hosted software is a game changer for service providers. Previously confined to the role of deployment consultants, they are now trusted advisors who support their clients in their transition to the Cloud.
In the cloud age, hosted software solves most of the problems associated with on-premises deployments, creating new opportunities for service providers. Their expertise allows them to advise clients during cloud deployments, particularly in terms of change management, best practices or the cultural adoption of new technologies. With these new innovative services, providers increase their added value in the field of cloud deployments and help their customers make the transition.
Saskia van Daal is Product Marketing Manager at Tableau. Based in London, she mainly deals with Cloud technologies. Previously leading a team of product consultants, Saskia worked with various Tableau clients across Europe to help them become data stars. Prior to joining Tableau, Saskia worked in management consulting and studied Economics and Politics at the London School of Economics.