Gartner (technology analysts) believe cloud-first in software design and planning is gradually being augmented or replaced by cloud-only and this applies to both private and hybrid cloud scenarios.
‘More leading-edge IT capabilities will be available only in the cloud, forcing reluctant organisations closer to cloud adoption’ – Yefim Natis, vice president and Gartner fellow
These findings are based largely on commercial businesses. As teaching and research institutions begin to reap the benefits of working on the cloud it is becoming increasingly clear that the pace of change is speeding up. According to Gartner the commercial SaaS market alone is expected to grow 37% globally by 2020. IaaS and PaaS spending is set to grow to a point where it represents 27% of overall IT spending; the educational market place is likely to follow suit.
With this pace of change it will be important for organisations to build a robust cloud strategy allowing for flexible, agile change. There is an interesting article in Computer Weekly which gives food for thought for institutions managing their move to the cloud. There is some interesting research from Insight on 2016 Cloud trends which also suggests the same embedding of the cloud in a range of business types and sizes.
Jisc knows that you will be starting from a range of different points and we are here to support you from whichever standpoint you come.