Cloud Computing 2017: What Comes Next?

David Mitchell Smith
David M. Smith

Cloud computing enters its second decade, and Gartner’s David Mitchell Smith says that while the first decade was indeed the Cloud Decade, one thing is clear: Whatever defines the next decade, it will need the cloud to make to it happen.

“The first ten (years), the cloud was more about disrupting things by itself. It clearly has had huge disruptive effects on computer hardware and software and other things. Now, it is the underpinning for many of these other disruptions that are getting their day in the sun. And we believe that in order to do effectively most of those of things that are candidates for the Next Big Thing, like IoT, AI, digital business, all of those things really do require cloud computing as an underpinning for making them work.”

What does that really mean for you and your organization? We’ve got David Mitchell Smith joins us to discuss where we are with cloud computing today and where we’re really headed. David is also headed to the Gartner Application Strategies and Solutions Summit, December 4-6 in Las Vegas, where you can find it even more on cloud’s future — and yours.


  • 00:32 — Has the cloud peaked?
  • 01:27 — Where do we stand with cloud computing?
  • 02:24 — Cloud underpins new disruptive technologies
  • 03:28 — Edge computing
  • 05:01 — Impact of cloud going forward
  • 06:02 — How will the cloud market evolve?
  • 07:12 — Keys for cloud strategy


David Mitchell Smith is a Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he leads the agenda for cloud computing and digital disruptors. He specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies, such as the Internet, Web technologies, cloud computing, digital business and consumer technologies. During his 20-plus years at Gartner, he has played a leadership role in several of the company’s efforts in these areas, including the emergence of cloud computing, the impact of disruptive vendors and the consumerization of IT. He has served as the lead Gartner analyst covering major vendors, such as Microsoft, IBM, Sun and AOL, and is currently the lead on Amazon. Mr. Smith is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has frequently been a guest on CNBC. In 2002, Adweek’s Technology Marketing magazine named him the most influential industry analyst. Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Smith was a service director for Unix and advanced operating environments at International Data Corp. (IDC), where he was the lead analyst for open systems and software architectures. Before IDC, he held various marketing and engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corp., including responsibility for the company’s Unix competitive analysis program. Before Digital, Mr. Smith spent several years working as a programmer at a small time-sharing (cloud computing) operation in Boston, Massachusetts.


December 4-6, 2017, Las Vegas

The Gartner Application Strategies & Solutions Summit 2017 is the ultimate digital experience where mobile apps, business applications, customer data and real-time analytics come together. Attendees will be able to explore the intersection of topics such as agile, CRM, event-driven architecture, CX and UX strategies.

Gartner Applications Strategies & Solutions Summit