Cloud is the most transformative technology trend of the past decade. It has accelerated digital transformation like no other disruptive technology. Public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have completely changed the way companies consume technology and they continue to innovate rapidly. In early 2018, Forrester’s Cloud Prediction Report outlined some predictions for cloud development. This post highlights ten predictions on what lies ahead for cloud computing in 2018.
Today, the pervasiveness of cloud solutions extends to companies of every size. It encompasses industries and entire geographical regions. Public cloud providers deliver high-speed innovation, yet this large cloud is not the only place where innovation occurs. Private clouds and technology stacks also bring to enterprises the power and energy of elastic, on-demand cloud services. Although private cloud remains important, 2018 will be the year where over 50% of global enterprises rely on at least one public cloud platform to drive digital transformation.
Cloud's impact has been global, yet fewer than half of all enterprises use a public cloud platform. In 2018, we'll cross the significant 50 percent adoption milestone, and cloud applications, platforms, and services will continue to radically change the way enterprises compete for customers. Cloud Predictions Report 2018 Forrester
These ten predictions reflect the dominance of cloud application and development. They emphasize the importance of a capable, innovative service provider, who should be a real partner in the support and development of these applications. The joint role here is to build revolutionary new business models across enterprises, to turn great ideas into amazing software and applications. In this way, cloud providers and developers can accelerate enterprise transformation everywhere, while cloud and partnership become truly business critical.