Seeing backwards to make predictions about the cloud, the trend is clear: the pace of Information Technology's transformation is accelerating and its expansion is based in the cloud; at the same time, the focus on cybersecurity and talent search will continue to impact the industry.
Digital transformation and talent shortage
IDC Consultancy has identified 2016 as the year that “digital transformation bets will rise”, and I could not agree more. In 2015 I described multiple clouds, in which the value of the cloud had more implications than just the cost decrease. In that world, companies began to create the right mix of cloud infrastructures necessary for their workload, as we have seen with the rapid adoption of hybrid cloud strategies. In addition, IT leaders would understand that there are things worth paying, as professionals’ experience, which sometimes is difficult to find within the staff of the company.
The talent shortage of highly skilled IT professionals has been observed in the past seven years. According to the report “State of IT in 2016” from Spiceworks, budgets dedicated to IT remain unchanged in 2016, which means that more companies will continue to have their own IT departments optimized to the maximum, hoping to attract and retain the right talent.
I also believe that nowadays we see more and more technology companies and cloud services looking for that little talent, but not through tracking and recruitment, but creating it through partnerships with universities and companies.
Security as a Service
The talent shortage is also one of the reasons why security as a service will continue taking root. Security is not just a core competency for most companies. Provide adequate experience to address evolving threat will become increasingly difficult and expensive. Companies also should be cautious with cloud security in general. In fact, according to a recent study by Sungard Availability Services, security remains the number one concern among directors of information systems that are considering the possibility to migrate to the cloud, but the reality is that local IT infrastructures are more insecure.
In an investigation of data breaches in 2014, compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, data indicated that most hacking and malware took place locally and in their own systems, while only around 10% occurred in the cloud.
Open source and cloud
However, what some companies do not want is the vendor lock-in. Choosing the wrong technology or vendor is at the same level as security, among the main concerns that take away IT Managers’ sleep. So, I predicted that open source will continue to play an essential role in the growth of the cloud. Last year I described OpenStack, with five years of life as a boring platform and explained why it was a good thing. Boring means stable and solid foundation, which will enable companies in 2016 adopt more open-source cloud-solutions and integrate them into the overall cloud strategies.
I know, this year I have no jet backpacks predictions. But I can say with relative certainty (please review these predictions in December 2016), companies will continue dealing with IT transformation and the incredible possibilities offered, from the monetization of the data to increased reality. But, on the basis of fixed IT budgets and continuous wars of talent, companies will also have to accept that they can not afford the way on their own.