Business technology has gone through several major changes over the decades. Each transformation brought new ways to perform work — it also allowed some organizations to leapfrog over their less-agile competition.
“Today’s CEO concerns provide an advanced look at what will become CIO priorities in six to 18 months,” said Jorge Lopez, vice president atGartner, Inc. The focus for the IT agenda in the face of economic uncertainty and risk is flexibility, and renewed business agility.
According to Gartner’s assessment, CIOs need to ensure that their IT operations are ready for the ongoing challenges and shifts that are sure to emerge.
Defined as the ability to achieve financial and strategic plans,effectiveness gives enterprises the flexibility to meet challenge with change. So, how will CIOs improve effectiveness to meet new economic and operational challenges?
Business Imperative for Cloud-based Services
IT leaders are increasingly being asked to move all non-strategic IT functions to the cloud; to develop IT core competencies and skills to manage virtual resources; and to embrace new applications that capitalize on cloud computing, collaboration, mobility and social media.
Worldwide cloud services revenue will reach $56.3 billion in 2009, a 21.3 percent increase from 2008, according to the latest study by Gartner. The market is expected to reach $150.1 billion in 2013.
Much of the cloud computing news centers on systems infrastructure as a service (IaaS). In 2008, these services accounted for only 5.5 percent of the overall cloud services market and are forecast to reach 6 percent in 2009.
“Cloud-based infrastructure services are expected to see significant adoption through 2013,” said Ben Pring, vice president at Gartner. “This segment probably has the largest range of possible outcomes, depending on how aggressively cloud computing is embraced.”
Cloud application services, evolving from software as a service (SaaS) offerings, were almost twice as large as the market for systems infrastructure and will continue to show strong growth.
Lower Cost Drives Cloud Services Growth
Over the next five years an increasing array of application functionality will become available as IT managed cloud services — to supplement those current cloud applications.
“The IT market trends for the next couple of years remain highly uncertain. While short-term growth is expected to be inhibited, the potentially lower cost of cloud services is attractive to customers and will drive growth for these offerings,” said Mr. Pring.
Given that backdrop, what new demand are you experiencing for cloud-based services? Are you reaching out to service providers, to learn more about their evolving on-demand service offerings?