As more enterprises restructure their IT models to adapt to the latest cloud computing technologies — and given the number of new cloud vendors entering the market every year — it’s important to take a look at the major cloud computing predictions and trends for each new year.

To help you evaluate your own cloud strategy for 2015, we’ve compiled a roundup of cloud computing predictions from three leading research institutions, as well as our own forecast.

Forrester: The days of fighting the cloud are over.

According to James Staten, Forrester Principle Analyst and one of the authors of the report, cloud platforms are no longer “alternatives” to traditional corporate IT models, but instead have become critical application services that organizations leverage to create new user experiences and greater efficiencies that maximize profitability and drive business insights. As a result, cloud technologies will become “The Motivator” for enterprise in 2015.

IDC: Cloud-based services are driving rapid internal IT change.

The research institution recently revealed their predictions for the cloud during the IDC FutureScape web conference. Notable predictions from the webcast include, that by 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house delivery models to be redirected to a variety of cloud delivery models. IDC also predicts that by 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and DevOps lifecycles for faster rollout of new features and business innovation.

Gartner: Both internal and external apps will be built considering mobile.

In its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, Gartner predicts that the convergence of cloud and mobile computing will continue to promote the growth of centrally-coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device. In other words, the growing demand for cloud combined with mobile usage will propel organizations to put their focus on delivering applications faster that are compatible with mobile devices.

Having spent 15 years working in the cloud with companies of all sizes and industries, Caspio experiences these changes first-hand as we continuously strive to provide the best cloud application development platform to help our customers stay ahead of the game. From a cloud provider’s perspective, below are the top three forecasts for the coming year from Caspio CEO Frank Zamani:

1.  More integration between different cloud services. As the usage of cloud services continues to climb and expand into more areas within organizations, users will demand better and easier integrations between all the cloud services they are using.

2.  More standardized user experiences. Wider adoption of cloud applications among businesses calls for more standardized user experiences. Application design can significantly impact the user’s productivity, and a lack of consistency in business applications requires users to learn each application and solution from scratch. Business leaders will be asking vendors for more standardized user experiences to reduce training costs and improve productivity.

3.  Day-to-day data management will shift from IT to business users. With the fast growth of no-code platforms such as Caspio, business users are now capable of taking on the responsibility of day-to-day data management without having to go to IT. This enables forward-looking companies to achieve tremendous scale, productivity, and innovation.

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