It has long been said that cloud computing and the transformation to using more digital platforms was coming, but how it will be fleshed out seems to have been less considered. Up to a point, it seems to have been a case of waiting for the details to arrive before many companies were prepared to adopt it, even if aware of the pressing needs. Many have also been briefed on how their companies can benefit by moving to more digital mechanisms, and enable it to streamline their business, save on costs, and begin to diversify and grow in other areas.
With so many different potential aspects listed for why companies should pick up cloud technology, it could muddy the waters if not made clear what benefits are needed for which type of business.
Given the scale of cloud technology becoming more of an everyday thing in UK business life, it will come as no surprise that analysts are not just predicting more of the same. With more capabilities available and more businesses understanding the use of cloud, it means there is a need to keep the demand-side development raising the bar so more benefits can be eked out of it.
Despite much talk about cloud technology and its expected adoption, it appears that it may not have kicked off in the way as reported in some areas. Some of the latest data says that just a quarter of enterprises in Europe are utilising the cloud. It is not to say that a new era will not be heralded in during the next decade, where the likes of Gartner have signified they are backing majority adoption before 2030 arrives. But there is still a way to go before that becomes a reality.
In a further sign that even smaller companies are becoming aware of the many benefits of hybrid cloud computing solutions, it seems that plenty of firms are now looking to get in on the act. Recent trends indicate that the market is not too far from the kind of tipping point that heralds a dramatic shift to embracing new technologies, and now some are looking to get there ahead of time.
With cloud technology slowly becoming prevalent in many key worldwide sectors, it is almost surprising when there is an area it has yet to reach. It would seem that the airline industry is now set to join the ranks, with new technology the only way envisioned to deal with the current period of rapid expansion. Sales are up, new fleets are always on order, and air traffic control is becoming busier, meaning airlines need to find a way to manage this effectively. Otherwise, they will fall behind.
2018 appears to be the year when leading businesses decided to take cloud computing to another level. No longer the preserve of established companies, such as IBM, many entrants to the market have started to up their game, taking on the bigger fish in the market. It has seen infrastructure provider, Packet, agree to partner with Wasabi, a cloud storage firm, saying that a combination of their platforms is enough to claim they can offer a better package than Amazon Web Services (AWS) for less money.