2016 Technology Planning: Movin’ On Up to the Cloud

55174810_thumbnailIf there were a theme song for technology’s top trend for businesses to consider in 2016, it would have to be “Movin’ On Up” from the 1980’s sitcom The Jeffersons, which defines success as living high in the sky. For there is no greater trend in today’s market than “cloud” offerings. Just about every major software manufacturer now has a cloud option, whether it’s software-as-a-service or cloud storage. And according to technology industry analyst firms Gartner and IDC, the trend is here to stay, not just for software manufacturers, but for the corporate IT organizations that deploy them.

The use of cloud computing is expected to become the bulk of new IT spend in 2016, according to Gartner, Inc., which says 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud.

IDC concurs, predicting that 65% of companies will be committing to hybrid cloud solutions by 2016, meaning that organizations wanting to stay competitive in the marketplace should be moving in that direction.

“Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand provider-based services are driving very rapid internal IT change. IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-also and cloud-first strategies and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multi-vendor sourcing,” said Robert Mahowald, Program Vice President, IDC SaaS & Cloud Software research practice.

There are a number of factors driving this adoption, including a significant growth in globalization and mobile workforce.

Research firm Techaisle’s 2013 report on global SMB mobile workforce forecast has predicted that by 2016 there will be almost 300 million SMB employees who will be mobile workers. One-fourth will be from the mid-market segment, increasing the number of cloud users from less than 140 million in 2012 to over 200 million in 2016.

Mobility isn’t just an issue for workers, either. Tablets and smartphones are pushing ahead of PCs as consumers’ preferred way to access Internet-based information. That means mobile-responsive websites and mobile apps, which can access data from the cloud, are critical to capturing and retaining customers, both on business-to-consumer and business-to-business fronts.

With this trend in mind, planning for your organization’s 2016 technology spending should include some key questions:

  • Is my IT infrastructure cloud-capable and mobile-ready?
  • Do I have cloud backup and recovery systems in place?
  • Do I have the latest versions of applications that can leverage the cloud and/or be accessed from mobile devices?
  • Do I have adequate data security and data privacy protocols in place?
  • Do I have 24/7 support available for customers and employees accessing data remotely?

Percento Technologies can help you with planning for 2016, from evaluating your current operating system and applications to assisting you with technology upgrades and new implementations to keep your business competitive. We also provide managed services, whether it is to augment your existing team or to provide turnkey 24/7 IT support.

For more information on Percento and to discuss how we can assist your organization, contact us today.