The beginning of the end is here for the traditional ways of information technology, according to The New York Times Bits blogger Quentin Hardy. Organizations that formerly spent money on servers and software will start to see the benefits of enterprise-class cloud computing, he wrote, as many organizations are already trying to build up to work with mobility, smartphones and tablets via the cloud.
"With autumn, we begin the new round of tech announcements, the way Detroit used to announce next year's car models," he wrote. "What you should look for is how the old guard adapts to the cloud, and how the new guys aim to consolidate disparate offerings and win trust. The world now passing away consisted of business systems dominated by computer servers and personal computers. The new one subsumes these into cloud computing and devices like smartphones and tablets."
Many large, small and midsize will be competing for businesses to invest in their cloud services. A lot of these organizations were previous IT giants, but there are many new companies as well that are looking to take over for the incumbents, Hardy said, and likely more to come.
More investments in the technology
North Bridge Venture Partners and GigaOM Research recently released a survey which showed exactly how much interest in the enterprise cloud companies have gained, as 75 percent of the organizations that responded said they were interested in adoption, which is an improvement over last year's 67 percent. The worldwide market will likely sit at $158.8 billion by 2014, an increase of 126.5 percent from 2011.
Michael Skok, a general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, said that enterprise cloud adoption is still in its early years, but IT is starting to invest heavily in the industry in a litany of ways. Organizations are beginning to realize that the cloud can go a long way in helping reduce complexity and provide better interoperability as an enterprise.
"With all this in mind, they are looking to gain competitive advantage from a core benefit of the cloud, namely continuous innovation by passing it along to their customers in the form of faster time to market and responsiveness to market needs," Skok said.
Cloud professional Steven Martin said these innovations are transforming IT by showing that those who use enterprise-class cloud computing can get an edge over those who stay with legacy IT.