Back to the Future: 2018 Big Data and Data Science Prognostications

Back to the Future: 2018 Big Data and Data Science Prognostications

“We should study Science Fiction in order to understand what someday could become Science Fact.” – Dr. Who? Doc Brown? Kodos and Kang? This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but
They’re Baaack! Smile you are on Camera – Everywhere!

They’re Baaack! Smile you are on Camera – Everywhere!

Remember Google glasses? Better yet, remember glassholes? It all came and went in just a flash as society reacted to nerds wearing pretentious and creepily intrusive face gear. Well beware, they are back and with a vengeance. It seemed so cool and with so much
idg-job

Key Findings of the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Study

IDG Cloud Computing Study

The results of the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing study highlight how interest in the technology isn’t fading and a growing number of companies are embracing it or at least want to do so.

The survey, which polled 550 respondents of targeted technology decision-makers who already use the cloud for some of their business operations or plan to do so in the future.

IDG Cloud Computing Study

Here are four crucial conclusions of the report.

1.Most Companies Are Already Using the Cloud

The average size of the companies represented in IDG’s cloud computing survey had 12,297 employees. And, 73 percent of the IT representatives who weighed in said they were already using at least one cloud application or had a portion of their infrastructure in the cloud, while 17 percent said they’d likely begin transitioning to the cloud within a year.

2.Organizations Don’t Gravitate to Only One Cloud Delivery Model

This survey from IDG found that respondents end up choosing several cloud types when deciding what works best for their needs.

When discussing the kinds of cloud computing delivery models used, people reported that software-as-a-service (SaaS) comprised 23 percent of their cloud computing environments, with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) making up 16 percent and nine percent of the environment featured platform-as-a-service (PaaS) models. 

Overall, SaaS is the most popular model with 89 percent of companies reporting using it now and 95 percent saying they expected to be using it within 18 months — either by adopting it for the first time or continuing to use it after initially beginning to do so earlier.

Those statistics suggest that companies are carefully weighing their individual needs to find out which model works best for them, feeling comfortable about using multiple models when needed. And, because SaaS models are efficient to integrate compared to other options — but have less flexibility — they work well for organizations that prefer a time-saving approach when moving to the cloud.

Notably, more than half of the companies in the IDG study (52 percent) said they were still using non-cloud models. That percentage will drop to only 31 percent within 18 months, though, which indicates a growing and consistent adoption of cloud technologies.

3. IT Departments Are Under Pressure to Complete Total Migration

The study showed that 38 percent of IT professionals said they felt pressure to undergo a 100-percent migration to the cloud. That’s likely because representatives at those organizations recognize the many benefits of moving to the cloud, such as how it could facilitate an enterprise’s global expansion or improve overall efficiency across departments in a large organization.

The pressure for 100-percent adoption was exceptionally high in companies representing three industries: manufacturing, high-tech and telecommunications/utilities.

Also, 71 percent of the total respondents reported organizations depend on cloud computing to boost the speed of IT service delivery. The amount climbed to 76 percent in organizations with at least 1000 employees.

Regardless of whether a company wants to expand to other markets around the world or focus on efforts closer to home but scale up the services it offers to customers, cloud computing meets those needs and others. Organizations no longer view cloud computing primarily as a cost-saving venture —they know they can rely on it to enable their business goals, too.

4.Cloud Computing Investments Are Rising

IDG revealed the amount of cloud investment changes with the size of a company. On average, though, the total cloud investments are substantially growing. In 2016, the average cloud budget was $1.62 million.

Now, it’s $2.2 million. As companies test new ways to use the cloud in their operations, the amount of money allocated should continue to grow over the near future.

Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

IDG’s study emphasized how companies are well aware that cloud computing could help their businesses succeed and they’re open to investing it more year by year — or even set their sights on a 100-percent migration soon.

By Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a technology writer dedicated to exploring issues related to the Cloud, Cybersecurity, IoT and the use of tech in daily life.

Her work can be seen on such sites as The Huffington Post, MakeUseOf, and VMBlog. You can read more from Kayla on her personal website, Productivity Bytes.

View Website

RESOURCES

Cloud Monitoring and Data Performance Services

Cloud Monitoring and Data Performance Services

CLOUD PERFORMANCE MONITORING The Dynamic State Of Cloud Performance Monitoring And Evaluation Monitoring and evaluation in cloud computing are essential processes. They determine whether a company’s applications on the cloud are effective, safe, and efficient. They also help eliminate failures in ...
Business Analytics Vs Data Science

Business Analytics Vs Data Science

Big Data Continues To Grow Big Data continues to be a much discussed topic of interest and for good reason.  According to a recent report from International Data Corporation (IDC), "worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow ...

SPONSORS

Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud: How the "As-A-Service" Economy Delivers Tangible Benefits

Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud: How the “As-A-Service” Economy Delivers Tangible Benefits

Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud Have you ever seen the old parlor trick in which a person pulls ...

Cloud Community Supporters

(ISC)²
AWS
HPE
CA Technologies
Cisco

Cloud community support comes from sponsorship, service opportunities and collaborative network partnership initiatives.

"Top 100 Brand Influencer, Cloud”
-ONALYTICA

"Best Cloud Computing Blog"
-SYSADMIN MAGAZINE

"Top 10 Sites For Cloud Computing"
-DIGITALISTMAG SAP

"Top 10 Cloud Computing Blogs”
-MARKETING ENVY

"Top 25 Must Read Cloud Blogs"
-CLOUDENDURE