With cloud computing at a critical crossroads, research from Gartner cautions CIOs to manage inherent risks and unexpected costs during what is expected to be a technology revolution. The research examines key issues driving cloud adoption, and seeks to separate reality from hyperbole with respect to cloud computing. In the end, Gartner concludes that cloud computing is, indeed, the future. "The hype around cloud computing services has increased interest, as well as caution, for CIOs trying to determine where, when and if cloud services can provide valuable outcomes for their businesses," says Frank Ridder, research vice president at Gartner. "Cloud computing is driving discontinuity that introduces exciting opportunities and costly challenges. Organizations need to understand these changes and develop realistic cloud sourcing strategies and contracts that can reduce risk." Here are highlights from Gartner's recent findings:
$112 billion$112 billion is what enterprises will spend over the next six years cumulatively on cloud-related technologies such as SaaS, PaaS and Iaas
Cloud computing may elevate the leadership profile of the CIOThat's because it requires more steering (as opposed to rowing) within the organization.
Key characteristics of "as-a-service" cloud technologies:â¢ Pay as you go/useâ¢ Turn on/turn off as you wishâ¢ Multi-tenant and not simply an outsourcing of apps
Leading accelerating factors for cloud:â¢ Client/server, on-premise-based license sales in Western markets still relatively anemicâ¢ Major ongoing supply-side consolidationâ¢ Service models no longer "lunatic fringe"
Which enterprise functions will be outsourced in the new world of cloud computing?â¢ Enterprise social networksâ¢ Next-gen mobile appsâ¢ Multi-enterprise collaborative servicesâ¢ Social intelligence apps
Impact of cloud culture upon the enterprise:â¢ Smaller, shorter projectsâ¢ Open source and lower-cost proprietary development toolsâ¢ Younger talent working with newer tools