February 02, 2016
February 02, 2016
Contributor: Jo Bennett
Gartner predicts an end to banning cloud applications from the workplace. Here's why.
Think about all the things that businesses don’t do anymore thanks to advances in technology. When did your payroll department last mail you a paycheck? When did you last call directory assistance for a phone number?
“In the not-too-distant future, banning cloud applications from the workplace will join the list of quaint throwback practices,” said David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow. He and other Gartner analysts who cover cloud computing predict that, “By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-Internet’ policy is today.”
Some reasons for this shift:
Businesses initially stepped gingerly toward the cloud, experimenting with low-risk applications. Today, applications for office productivity and CRM are tried and tested, and use cases are constantly developing in a wider sphere of mission-critical areas.
Take GE, one of the world’s most valuable brands. At Amazon’s AWS re:Invent 2015 user conference, GE announced that as part of its digital transformation, the company will move at least 60% of its IT workloads to the public cloud.
“The cloud is being increasingly relied on as a vehicle for agile, scalable and elastic solutions,” said Mr. Smith. “To build competitive advantage and cut costs, CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.”
Security concerns are most frequently the reason organizations avoid public cloud services. The reality is that cloud service providers typically have the ability to support more effective security systems and platforms than are practical for most individual businesses.
Secure and successful cloud implementations rely on organizations having the proper policies and processes in place. Guidelines CIOs should follow include:
“Failure to put the people and processes in place to consistently leverage the security advantages of cloud computing can easily create workloads that are less secure than those created by traditional computing practices,” cautioned Mr. Smith.
Cloud strategies will be further discussed at Gartner’s 2016 summits on infrastructure, IT operations and the data center taking place April 4 – 5 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 3 – 4 in Mumbai, India, May 10 – 12 in National Harbor, Maryland, May 16 –17 in Sydney, Australia and June 14 –15 in Berlin, Germany.
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