10 Cloud Computing Trends for 2013

December 20, 2012 by Sven Denecken 0

A look at the future of cloud computing (Photo: istockphoto.com)

As adoption of the cloud continues to grow, the way organizations use such services will also evolve. Most analysts agree that the time for dabbling in the cloud is over. 2013 is the year that many companies will implement a serious enterprise cloud strategy. Below are 10 trends we expect to see during the year ahead.

  1. More growth of mobile cloud computing
  2. Increased importance of cloud security
  3. “Bring Your Own Cloud” boom
  4. Focus on beautiful applications
  5. Need for the “glocal” cloud
  6. Rise of the geopolitical cloud
  7. Spotlight on the clean cloud
  8. Hybrid cloud boom
  9. Rise of the cloud-based networked enterprise
  10. Arrival of social in all cloud solutions

Next page: The mobile cloud and cloud security

Sven Denecken, vice president of cloud solutions and head of co-innovation at SAP (Photo: private)

1. More growth of mobile cloud computing

We will see an ever increasing trend of people working from home, and using their own devices. This will demand a more flexible approach from managers, HR, and leadership, and companies will need to offer employees more tools to be effective when working from home. The ability to access business functionality and analytics anytime, anywhere with a broad range of mobile devices will be a fundamental requirement. As a result, we will begin to see the convergence of mobile, in-memory, and the cloud, enabling users to do many things that they couldn’t do before.

2. Increased importance of cloud security

Cloud computing security will continue to be a concern for companies throughout 2013, whether they’re using a public, private, or hybrid cloud.  Organizations are looking for applications and servers located in highly secure data centers that feature an array of physical and network safeguards. Businesses get the pay-as-you-go model, while the service provider keeps the environment stable and safe.

Next page: “Bring Your Own Cloud”, beautiful applications, and the “glocal” cloud

3. “Bring Your Own Cloud” boom

In 2013, the line between private and public cloud will grow blurry as employees look for solutions that cater to personal and business needs. Many vendors are now embracing this movement by supporting multiple devices on multiple platforms. Cloud environments for companies will be hybrid with integration and openness playing a significant role to address it.

4. Focus on beautiful applications

Easy-to-use, beautifully designed cloud applications will be crucial in 2013 as businesses look to drive employee engagement and collaboration. Expect to see simplicity, speed, and a beautiful user experience through visual design to better support the way people work today. This will deliver value to the enterprise as people use applications more frequently and the quality of processes and data increases.

5. Need for the “glocal” cloud

In 2013, companies will increasingly need to think and act globally, while servicing partners, customers, and employees should do so locally.  Expect cloud vendors to find ways of making “glocalization” easy by addressing core elements, such as translation, globalization, and location.

Next page: The geopolitical cloud, clean cloud, and hybrid cloud

6. Rise of the geopolitical cloud

In 2013, there will be many reasons to consider “location” and “borders” in cloud computing. The way governments perceive those concepts may be at odds with the way networks understand them.

7. Spotlight on the clean cloud

As global traffic generated by cloud computing services increases, the issue around energy efficiency of the cloud will certainly become a hot topic in 2013. Sustainability and innovation will play a key role in underpinning such efficiency. Forward-thinking cloud vendors will incorporate these core pillars into every aspect of their business – from solutions, to operations, to social investments.

8. Hybrid cloud boom

Companies will look for a cloud approach that allows them to orchestrate hybrid solution landscapes that best fit their business. Cloud vendors will be looking to drive openness and choice for customers, enabling them to adopt the cloud in an incremental, hybrid solution model. This will protect and leverage existing investments, support change without disruption, and provide customers with the best of both worlds.

Next page: The cloud-based networked enterprise and social

9. Rise of the cloud-based networked enterprise

Powerful cloud-based virtual marketplaces will continue to change the game for companies of all sizes, in all industries, creating a fully “networked enterprise”. The networked enterprise will ultimately create new growth opportunities in our stagnating economy. Competition and growth will thrive when companies engage suppliers, partners, and customers in an open, cloud-based, and transparent business network. The cloud is often discussed in its technical context. But thanks to the speed of innovation it brings to the end user, it can address business needs and improve business execution as no other technology can.

10.  Arrival of social in all cloud solutions

In 2013, social elements will be in the fabric of all solutions, not just tools on top of other applications.  Almost all cloud vendors will begin infusing social in all of their cloud solutions.

Sven Denecken is vice president of cloud solutions and head of co-innovation at SAP. He can be contacted at sven.denecken@sap.com or followed via twitter via @SDenecken

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