Louis Columbus: Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2014

InsightaaS: Readers of Across the Net will be familiar with the work of Louis Columbus; we have cited his Enterprise Irregulars posts in the past, and have come to respect his thoughtful, fact-based approach to analyzing trends in the SaaS world.

In this post from Columbus’s  A Passion for Research blog, Columbus provides a remarkable overview of current sources of cloud market trends and insight. This post has brief reviews - with pertinent highlights, and in many cases, with links to free versions of source documents - to cloud and related market studies by IBM, Gartner, IHS, Centaur Partners, Forrester Research, Computerworld, Cisco, Bain & Co, IDC, and Accenture. It is a terrific 'one-stop shop' for anyone looking for a survey of current cloud perspectives.

By 2018, CIOs expect it to play a critical role in enabling their organizations strategic vision according to IBM’s latest study, Moving from the back office to the front lines — CIO insights from the Global C-suite Study. The IBM study and recent cloud computing forecasts and market estimates illustrate how quickly CIOs’ roles are changing.

CIOs in high performance enterprises are increasingly seeing the world much more like their CEO counterparts.  Both are now focusing more on how cloud computing can improve customer engagement and operational performance while anticipating market and macro-economic factors.  IBM’s study provides a glimpse into their Institute for Business Value’s 1,600 face-to-face conversations with CIOs from 70 countries and 20 industries worldwide.

Here are the key take-aways from the report including an infographic summarizing key points of the study:

  • Cloud computing has rapidly accelerated from 30% of CIOs mentioning it as a crucial technology for customer engagement in 2009 to 64% today...

Read the entire post: http://softwarestrategiesblog.com/2014/03/23/roundup-of-cloud-computing-forecasts-and-market-estimates-2014/

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