Latest Cloud Computing Trends Cited In Studies

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Cloud-computing trends

Recent assessments of the cloud computing market size are all over the map, though by all estimates the cloud computing services industry is expanding fast.*

We found these statistics while reading Market Research Media, cited in a recent Bloomberg report, saying that the cloud computing market will reach $270 billion by 2020, while Forrester is not as optimistic, predicting last year that the market will hit $241 billion by that time and says the market will hit about $55 billion by 2014.

*Source: Software Strategies Blog

So, what are the top trends in the cloud computing arena?

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers more growth opportunities than any other segment. SaaS will retain its position as a leading segment in cloud computing. Gartner tracks ten different categories of SaaS applications in this latest forecast with CRM, ERP, and Web Conferencing, Teaming Platforms, and Social Software Suites being the three largest in terms of global revenue growth.

Forrester, Gartner, IDC and others have predicted significant growth in Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will witness a rapid growth in the next few years but Forrester expects dynamic infrastructure services to perform better than IaaS in the long term. Studied conducted by Gartner also found that PaaS is the fastest growing segment of the five included in their public cloud forecast.

Growth rates for the Platform as a Service (PaaS) subsegment according to Gartner study include the following: Application Development (22%), Database Management Systems (48.5%), Business Intelligence Platform (38.9%) and Application Infrastructure and Middleware (26.5%), with the last subsegment expected to be the largest revenue source in PaaS for the next four years.

All segments of the cloud computing market, it would appear, will be affected by the overall state of the economy and the planetary demand for info tech services. Cloud computing is an appealing growing market particularly for small and medium sized businesses, but offers significant potential for organizations of all sizes. That’s why many business owners and managers are eager to implement cloud computing services and products while others are slower to adopt cloud-based solutions.



Sarah Gardiner

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