Rick, interesting post. I enjoyed it. Paul Muller has some similar ideas in his series on Top 12 IT Trends for 2012 here in this forum. I wonder if you agree or disagree with Paul's point of view. Yes, cloud will certainly dominate, but other trends, BYOD, CIO as service broker, DevOps, etc. will certainly play a role as well.
There is no doubt about the worldwide cloud adoption. According to the National Inflation Association, cloud computing is currently a $74 billion industry that accounts for 3 percent of global IT spending, and it’s expected to become a $150 billion market by 2013. Moreover, cloud computing is creating a million new jobs globally. IDC came out with a Microsoft report that projects that spending on public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide from 2011 to 2015. Nearly 1.2 million of those new cloud-related jobs will be created in the U.S.
A great amount of companies have outsourced their IT services and infrastructure to the cloud providers in the past few years. And the trend is just at the beginning - many IT teams will have their responsibilities diminished or even eliminated in the following years.
As I stated a few months ago in one of the articles on my blog, DaaS would have been one of the hot topics in 2013. And the main reason for that is owed to the fact that Desktop as a Service is considered to be the ideal platform for cloud computing in small and medium-sized businesses.
Businesses are heading to a more holistic perspective as they get more comfortable with the cloud. Increased ROI is still the primary business driver, but enterprises are going further. Therefore, it is in their interest to learn how to best optimize the performance of a cloud deployment. Let’s look at some strategies that will help businesses with this process.