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Where can cloud computing go next?

Jamie Bugden
Arguably, cloud computing has been the most important digital development in the last decade. It has revolutionised the way we work together, helped realise the full potential of the Internet of Things and attracted incredible interest from businesses of every size. The global cloud computing market is now worth an estimated $204 billion  (c. £156 billion) and a survey commissioned by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) revealed that cloud adoption in the UK currently stands at 84%.  With the technology making such enormous developments in a relatively short period of time, what can we expect from cloud computing in the near future?  

Collaborate and integrate

One of the cloud’s biggest benefits, particularly for small businesses, is the way in which it facilitates a new, more collaborative type of work. By removing the limitations imposed by physical distance or geography and allowing collaborators access to the same data, communications, plans and ideas – all in real time – cloud computing has created an environment in which working together is more simple, efficient and rewarding than ever before. This will continue into the future and will become more important as a greater number of businesses employ the technology, more apps take advantage of the cloud, and IT experts learn how to get the most from it.

Extinction of the modern office?

Cloud computing has had an enormous effect on our ability to work outside of a traditional office space. This has allowed us to work remotely from home, blurred the distinction between professional and personal time and space and drastically reduced the importance of the traditional office space, potentially making it a thing of the past. Though it is likely that businesses will continue to require a physical front or office for the foreseeable future, it may not resemble anything we’re used to and it will be cloud technology that is largely responsible for the change.

Better management of infrastructure

As cloud computing is a relatively new technology, there are still many improvements to be made. However, one of the key concerns for its future is the way in which we manage and employ the technology. There is already somewhat of a skills shortage when it comes to cloud technology and businesses need to be training their IT workforce to use and develop the cloud if they are to get the most from it in years to come. In order for cloud to truly reach its potential, companies need to train the experts that will design, develop and maintain cloud systems in the future. If this occurs, we are sure to see an untold number of innovative implementations of cloud computing in the coming years. 

Public, private or hybrid solutions?

One of the biggest questions being put to cloud computing experts concerns the future design of cloud systems. Increasingly, hybrid solutions are being seen as the solution to cloud storage issues. These systems incorporate and integrate public and private cloud systems, as well as traditional, physical storage systems, to create a more secure, efficient and cost-effective network of storage 

Read our related article: Why are cloud computing services increasingly in demand
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