March is nearly over, and so we find ourselves truly in the midst of 2015.
If your company was early to cloud adoption, there’s no doubt you’re well and truly at the core of cloud computing and its benefits. Some or all of your business’s data is in the cloud, and you’re relying on a secure, cost efficient and flexible system to help you manage data, documents, and collaboration.
So what is in store for the cloud and cloud computing in 2015? We’re almost in the fourth month of the year, so let’s get straight into it.
1. Moving to the cloud? Training and education will be a necessity
End-users of organistions using the cloud will benefit greatly from sufficient cloud training and education. It is a lack of knowledge – from an end user – where data becomes vulnerable, not the infrastructure itself.
So if you’re a business that has already adopted the cloud, but has employees that are untrained or uneducated, you better wise up and get them the training they need (and deserve!).
If you’re new to the cloud, or haven’t quite made your way there yet, think of end-user training as a necessary part of moving to the cloud, and keeping data in safe and capable hands.
2. The move to mobile will continue to grow (say “hello” to BYOD!)
Cloud computing goes beyond office walls and a home office. It goes all the way through to a completely mobile workforce.
Mobile-friendly applications and software will continue to develop and it’s predicted there will be an influx of new mobile cloud technology.
Mobile cloud computing brings rich resources to mobile users, and has helped create the cloud computing paradigm into a multi-faceted, multi-layered collaborative network.
This is also where BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) takes centre stage, and alongside it, its equally important side-kick, the BYOD policy.
The move to mobile cloud computing opens up the number of devices on which we rely, and in turn raises the need to create policies and guidelines which employees must follow to ensure maximum productivity, safety, and security.
3. Security fears dispel
This ties in with point number 1, and is also something we have mentioned many times in the past: education is the key factor in alleviating fears, and as a result, concerns from cloud beginners are shrinking.
So much so that cloud concerns decreased 13 per cent from 2013 to 2014.
As security concerns fall, in turn we have seen cloud adoption rates soar.
Users are reportedly fond of cloud computing and, according to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research and Host Analytics, 80 per cent of employees reported positive experiences with the cloud and cloud computing’s outcomes.
4. The Internet of Things and cloud computing solutions
Our blog post, What is the Internet of Things?, provides greater detail, but connected devices – from refrigerators and fitness equipment to connected cars and robots – will begin to dictate the way we communicate amongst ourselves and with machines to instigate an action.
But how exactly does the IoT tie in with cloud computing?
The growth of the Internet of Things means that there will be more data being produced. This data needs to be processed and stored – in the cloud!
Your cloud computing solution could include managing incoming customer data or smoothing customer service interactions.
A tactical approach will this year be the only way organisations can create a completely bespoke cloud strategy focused on getting the right cloud computing match for various business structures and needs.
Cloud computing is evolving into more than just a virtualisation capability in IT; it’s an essential component in a business’s complete digital evolution.
To find out if the cloud and cloud computing could be right for you in 2015, get in touch to organise a cloud consultation.
Contact us today, and let’s discover what the cloud can do for your business.