Over the past year, we’ve seen enterprises and SMBs alike implement cloud solutions in their daily operations. It’s safe to say that cloud computing has persisted through the hype and woven its way into the very fabric of modern business.

In 2014, cloud computing is poised for even more growth as an increasing number of companies adopt cloud technologies for faster time-to-market, better responsiveness to emerging business problems, and improved IT resource utilization. There are many facets to the industry growth – below are a few highlights and predictions from recent industry research.

PREDICTION 1: IT will work hand-in-hand with business users to embrace the cloud.
According to Forrester’s cloud computing predictions for 2014, line-of-business users and DevOps will push forward into cloud regardless of objections by IT. As a result, 2014 will be the year when IT seeks common ground with business users and formally adds cloud initiatives into their portfolio of IT services.

PREDICTION 2: Innovation will replace savings as the #1 driver for cloud adoption.
IDC’s latest cloud forecast states that worldwide spending on public IT cloud services is expected to exceed $107 billion by 2017 as the focus starts to shift from economic inefficiencies to innovation. Not only will the scale of cloud implementation be much larger, the primary adoption drivers will also be more user and solution-driven.

PREDICTION 3: Cloud will make up the bulk of new IT projects and spend by 2016.
Based on one of Gartner’s latest reports, cloud computing is projected to comprise the majority of new IT spend by the year 2016. The growth in cloud services will be powered by new IT projects being deployed using cloud models, along with the migration of traditional IT services to the cloud.

PREDICITION 4: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) adoption will surpass SaaS in the next five years.
In a recent cloud industry survey conducted by GigaOM Research and VC North Bridge, 72% of respondents are expecting to use PaaS in their organization within the next five years, which would make it the fastest-growing cloud segment compared with SaaS and IaaS segments over the same time period.

Amidst all the industry forecasts and expert predictions, there’s no doubt that cloud computing will continue to transform IT operations and business innovation in profound ways.

We certainly look forward to helping our clients reach new heights in 2014 by leveraging Platform-as-a-Service and cloud technologies.

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