We’ve finally entered the new decade, and there has already been massive progress in advancing IT infrastructure and services this year. It has helped companies accelerate their cloud adoption for easier business transformation. In the past, it was the IT systems that had to be retrofitted for the cloud and its immense capabilities, but nowadays, applications have started evolving to leverage native capabilities.
Nowadays, applications have evolved to leverage native capabilities, and Forrester claims that 2019 was a breakout year, which saw enterprises turn to serverless, microservices, containers, and modern approaches. It’s accepted by everyone that 2020 is going to be the year that will see enterprise applications adopt cloud-native. This will result in cloud-native technologies and tools becoming mainstream, and hyperscale providers will begin embracing the increasing workloads of enterprises.
These new cloud-native capabilities will allow organizations to run their ERP applications like a service. There are three main trends that are going to drive cloud adoption through native applications, which will transform the face of the cloud computing market for the next decade.
Choices Galore with Distributed Cloud
The distributed cloud is among Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2020, and it refers to the distribution of public cloud services to locations that are outside the physical data center of the cloud provider but are still under the control of the provider. Its a gamechanger because the cloud provider will still deliver operations governance and updates, the delivery, and cloud service architecture.
The distributed cloud will give a huge boost to organizations because it will allow them to personalize and diversify their cloud strategy. It will enable them to select from various cloud infrastructures that are designed for different types of applications. It’s an ingenious cloud distribution approach that needs robust connectivity among various modules of the IT environment and delivers a seamless experience.
Even though a distributed cloud is going to be more complex to manage, it allows businesses to pick the best core capabilities for different types of business processes.
Easier Adoption and Implementation of Infrastructure Layers
Most organizations have already started using various combinations of cloud models in their multi-cloud environment that comprises the public cloud, the hybrid cloud, and the private cloud on-premises. Next year the cloud infrastructure layers, which include the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS), are going to be less siloed. That makes a massive difference for businesses as it allows their data streams to be more mobile, and workloads to be more portable across the entire stack.
Not having any boundaries between cloud infrastructure layers brings about new requirements for the team handling cloud infrastructure. Organizations would require cloud architects who understand the entire stack instead of one specific cloud layer and provide subject matter expertise as well.
More Intelligent and Better Experience Management
A study conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and SAP found that nearly 50% of early adopters for machine learning cited increased profitability as their top benefit. It’s not a surprising find considering cloud computing is known to offer the scale and data processing capabilities that organizations require to take advantage of advanced technologies like analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and infusing intelligence to business operations and processes.
Organizations have already started weaving intelligence into every IT infrastructure layer, enterprise service, and application. This is being done because they have realized how they can use the cloud to become an enterprise that is more intelligent.
The year 2020 is going to be a big one for companies as they are expected to go beyond capturing operational data and infusing intelligence in their core processes to become more productive and agile. They are also going to use this intelligence to analyze and capture stakeholder interactions with their products, services, and their overall business. The role Cloud is going to play can’t be understated as it will be integral in an organization’s IT strategy for combining experience data and operations data to achieve better workplace and product experiences.
However, with more capabilities and choices, there will also be more complex because even with so much excitement about new possibilities, questions remain regarding the best method to manage a more complex IT environment productively. Organizations today now require an end-to-end capability to manage the increasing number of suppliers and partners across the ever-evolving cloud landscape. The rise of IaaS as a commodity has resulted in an increase in demand for high value-added services.
The role of services has become integral, and it will continue to be that way heading into the rest of the year. It is going to be accompanied by the growing need for cloud architects to help businesses navigate their cloud environment from end-to-end and then begin driving innovation with the cloud.
There can be no denying that the next phase of Cloud computing technology is going to be full of promise as it brings with it capabilities that were previously unknown. The year 2020 is all set to be recognized as the year where the adoption of cloud-native tools finally went mainstream. It will become a landmark year for kicking off a completely new dimension for experience management.
You can expect more organizations to adopt the cloud and opt for cloud-native tools to enhance their business operations in the competitive business environment. Organizations that aren’t willing to adapt and evolve are going to be left behind, and those who have adopted cloud-native will lead the way.
by Bobby J Davidson
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