Exploring the future: trends for 2016

The cloud is revolutionising the way we store and manage information, with 4/5 companies* now adopting some form of cloud service.
In this blog post we take a look at Cloud Industry Forum’s trend predictions for 2016:

  • Penetration of cloud services in existing cloud users will continue to increase, with 70% expected to have increased their usage over the next 12 months. By the end of 2016, over 85% of cloud users will be using multiple cloud services.
  • Of those businesses not yet using the cloud, 12% expect to do so within 12 months. this means  that by the end of 2016, 86% of organisations* will use at least one cloud service.
  • IT delivery will become more service-led, which will require changes to the supplier landscape. Many cloud suppliers will start to see the need for deeper levels of certification to meet customer expectations and instil confidence.
  • Security will continue to be the top cloud inhibitor for businesses. The role of the cloud service industry must be to educate users on its responsibilities for data protection, and enforce policy management where necessary.
  • 51% of organisations* have reported a shift in their IT priorities from operational administration (day-to-day running) to more strategic and service-driven needs. The Cloud Industry Forum believes this trend will rapidly increase over the next 12 months.
  • Although initial adoption of cloud services continues to be led by more traditional technologies, for example, web hosting or email services, confidence has grown significantly – enabling most IT services to be capable of being delivered via the cloud. The next 12 months will see a raft of new cloud services come to market.
  • One thing is for certain, unlike its namesakes in the sky, the cloud isn’t going to dissipate any time soon. Trend analysts believe it’s only going to get bigger – therefore businesses that haven’t already made the transition to the cloud for storage or software solutions, should seriously consider working it into their business plans for 2016.

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