Cloud services became mainstream in 2012 and, by 2015, there will remain no business computing category that isn’t available from the cloud. The prediction is from Ullrich Loeffler, IDC’s NZ country manager who spoke at the keynote for Sage Insights 2012, taking place in Wellington this week.
According to Loeffler, the attitudes of CIOs towards the cloud have changed this year and “sourcing from the cloud is just one option” now.
Speaking to the audience of Sage partners at the Insights 2012 conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington, Loeffler added that the transformation will happen even faster for small to medium businesses, as they look into cloud adoption to simplify processes and drive costs down.
The country manager says security remains the “elephant in the room” and continues to be the question in everyone’s minds when cloud adoption is on the table. He says, however, that in the next few years, the elephant will not only remain in the room but “become part of the furniture”. “Companies will always be concerned about security but you have to take the risk and you have to trust your partners,” he says.
Loeffler says there is no one formula for cloud adoption and each company is different. He pointed out that private clouds are “probably more suited to larger organisations” while the “SMB market is more likely to engage with public cloud, with limited implementation effort but still huge business impact”.
According to him, there are four forces of industry transformation at play (mobility, cloud, big data/analytics, and social business) and it is important to think about them “holistically” when delivering a solution to customers.
“By 2015, cloud will have minimal value as a marketing differentiator. Services and technologies delivered as a service will be just another option for the CIO o add to their sourcing toolkit. On-premises infrastructure will be 80 percent cloudified and virtualised, automated platform will be table-stakes for any hardware/software vendors,” he adds.
Sage Insights 2012 continues today in Wellington with a number of sessions throughout the day. This is the first time the company is hosting its Insights partner event in New Zealand.