In just four short years, there has been steady growth in the use of cloud computing technologies, I believe. Businesses and organisations are beginning to see the benefits of switching away from their static in-house systems to more dynamic operations.
However, some experts are now predicting massive growth from now on and they base this prediction on the growth experienced in the USA, whereby in 2010 around 48% of partner businesses with EMEA rocketed to over 60% last year.
The question is why?
Basically cloud systems offer greater agility and flexibility than traditional static systems. For instance, it is much easier for workers in companies to share information and work more collaboratively. In in-house systems, often each worker has to send an email via the company’s intranet. What’s more, intranet emails are often used for personal reasons whereby using cloud systems can cut this inappropriate behaviour, which can reduce efficiency.
In a recent survey 67% of partners of EMEA said that the cloud offers greater flexibility.
Furthermore, just over half of those surveyed (54%) also believe cloud offers increased agility. This simply means that work can be processed quicker for less cost.
One other interesting statistic that could become an issue for the future is that 47% of respondents feel that a hybrid form of IaaS (in-house and online) will predominate in five years time. This compares with just 37% who thought private systems would hold sway, and 16% suggesting public systems such as Google doing so.