In his latest market analysis, Matthias Zacher, Senior Consultant and Cloud Analyst at market research company IDC, predicts that companies are inevitably going to become increasingly reliant on cloud services. Because in order to successfully manage their digital transformation, companies are going to have to increasingly invest in "third platform" technologies. And the basis required for this to happen scale-up-appropriately is the cloud.
By "third platform", IDC means mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networks. Zacher estimates that by 2020, global expenditure on cloud services, as well as on their implementation and management and the relevant hardware and software to support them will rise to over $US 500 billion. This is more or less three times the current level of expenditure. At the same time, we are seeing manufacturers primarily developing their products for the cloud, which is why the economy should focus more on the cloud. Zacher anticipates that by 2018, around half of companies’ hardware and software will run in cloud data centers and that hybrid and multi-clouds will become the norm. Most large companies should also be able to store more data in the cloud than on their local systems.