By now, the cloud has firmly entrenched itself in enterprise. Businesses have stopped worrying about whether or not cloud computing’s secure, and they’ve stopped waffling on whether or not to implement it into their organization. The question for most is no longer if they should use the cloud – it’s how.
Especially in the past year, cloud services have exploded. Whereas at one point, most people thought of the cloud only in terms of storage, now there exists a cloud alternative for just about everything. Development environments, productivity applications, anti-malware and security, and even infrastructure are all available as services.
This market is only going to expand further from here. As noted by TechCrunch, many large corporations have now keyed in to the fact that the cloud is something of immense value – and not just for their IT departments. I’m talking about deskless workers who can do their jobs from anywhere in the world. I’m talking about seamless over the air updates for Internet-connected products and machinery.
I’m talking about greater efficiency, greater visibility, and overall reduced costs. Combined with machine learning, this can allow businesses to optimize their operations in ways that would have been impossible only a few years ago. Some organizations, such as Pepsi, already have smart products on the market as a result.
If some of the above sounds similar to the Internet of Things, that’s no mistake. The cloud is going to be an essential technology in enabling the coming tide of ‘smart’ devices. And before long, it’s going to be a key driver of success.
And these organizations know that.
“Large diversified industrial and telecom companies have not only realized the value of the industry cloud, but have grasped that they must evolve into technology companies to avoid disruption,” writes contributor Joe Floyd. “That will motivate them to take an aggressive deal-making posture. They can afford to make mistakes in what they choose to buy. What they can’t afford is to lose the leadership positions they’ve built in their historical market segments.”
Floyd further feels that as more businesses realize the connection between IoT and the cloud, we’ll see a series of M&A buyout battles, with telecom and tech giants vying against one another to dominate this new market. Specialized cloud startups, meanwhile, will thrive
The enterprise cloud computing is undergoing a transition. As the Internet of Things begins to make its way into enterprise, the cloud will shift from a critical workforce enablement tool to something more – a backbone for a new era of connected devices. Those businesses that tap into its potential will end up ahead of the pack.
Those that cannot will be left in the dust and forgotten.