Around this time every year, IT industry leaders tend to summarize what took place during the prior year or what they expect to see happen in the coming year. There’s no doubt that the last 12 months was another exciting year for the industry with more innovation being applied to support cloud solutions from the infrastructure to the business process.
So what should we expect to see in 2014? Bennett Indart, Vice President of Cloud Application Services at NTT DATA, recently published the article titled “The Growth of PaaS and Cloud Integration” on VMBlog.com that summarizes his predictions about the future state of the cloud.
Bennett sees 2014 as continuing its rapid adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS) with a leadership position held by Salesforce.com. Salesforce.com’s popularity is due – in part – to its broad range of offerings from its flagship salesforce automation SaaS product to its developer-centric PaaS product.
PaaS offerings help the enterprise IT department to lower their overall total cost of ownership and speed up the development and testing of cloud applications, allowing them to deploy applications much more quickly than with traditional application development tools.
Bennett also highlights the practice of DevOps as a fundamental shift foreseen in 2014. DevOps is a software development practice that involves collaboration between operations teams and developers to increase agility and deliver applications to market more quickly. There is a strong correlation between those IT departments that use DevOps and those who adopt cloud because of their complementary nature. As application developer teams create new code to roll out to the testing or UAT teams, they will often deploy Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud offerings for the underlying hosting infrastructure environment. Because IaaS supports a self-service portal with a standardized catalog of configuration options, these application teams can swiftly build and deploy their apps in Agile Scrum and Kanban methodologies. The result is there are more web-based applications and cloud driven development.
A large part of Bennett’s 2014 forecast revolves around the integration of all applications in the cloud. As many enterprises move beyond early cloud implementations, they are discovering that enabling business processes in the cloud is complex, requiring a comprehensive integration strategy due to their increasingly interdependent relationships with multiple cloud environments and with on-premises systems. Meanwhile, the explosive growth of social media, mobile usage, and data is increasing the number of required integration points. IT leaders should consider their integration strategy as a first step, not as an afterthought, when designing cloud migration projects or during application architecture planning.
You can read Bennett’s article in full at the VMBlog.com website.
- Ryan Reed, Cloud Evangelist