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Electric Cloud 2014 Predictions - Delivering Applications for Tomorrow's Enterprise Cloud

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2014.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Anders Wallgren, Chief Technologist, Electric Cloud

Delivering Applications for Tomorrow’s Enterprise Cloud

It's no doubt that cloud has moved into the enterprise mainstream.  As the world we live in becomes more connected through cloud and mobility, 2014 will be the year that organizations start to transform their business through the cloud. While CIOs once looked at the cloud as a way to reduce costs, many will now turn their attention to achieving real business benefits through the cloud. 

Industry analyst firm, Gartner expects, "80 percent of organizations said that they intend to use cloud services in some form within 12 months, including 55 percent of the organizations not doing so today."

To prepare for the changes ahead, IT organizations will need to begin evaluating their application delivery processes to a model that positions the team to continuously deliver software and relevant updates.  In this new model, the introduction of new technology and changes in user experience demands will fundamentally shift the role of development teams.

Always-on Cloud Services Requires a Movement Beyond Agile to Continuous Delivery

Agile has brought development and operations teams closer together, but as the business continues to usher in their own mobile devices and apps, the demand for continuous services in the cloud or in a hybrid-cloud will require an even closer alignment between development, operations and the business. This new delivery model requires IT teams and the business to collaborate repeatedly and often so that quality applications can be continuously delivered. 

The Complexity of the Connected World Will Trump Any Traditional Development Model

By 2016, traffic on the Internet will be hitting 1.3 zettabytes.  That is 1.3, followed by 21 zeros-or 1 trillion gigabytes-a massive amount of data coursing through the Internet.  Developers are facing a cliff of pressure to deal with the data that will be coming through the cloud, and being able to update bugs quickly and efficiently.  The cloud will provide an opportunity for development teams to work closely with IT security and business stakeholders to continuous delivery updates, implement new compliance mandates and to protect the business from any breaches in the complex world.

Dynamic Cloud Applications Will Drive Rich Interactions With Customers and Developers

Users of applications are interacting with businesses unlike before.  With technologies like HTML5 coming into the mainstream, apps will be designed to deliver a rich and interactive experience to the users.  The need for instant application updates is paramount to keeping customers, or end-users engaged.

This can be challenge in the enterprise environment, as different parts of the application can be in different places.   For example, a presentation layer might be on Facebook, the storage could be on Amazon.com's S3, and application logic could run somewhere else. 

Designing for the continuous delivery of applications to the cloud will require more than just thinking about build.  It will demand an innovative approach that further develops upon the continuous integration processes to one that allows for instant-delivery and responsiveness.  Developers, as a result, will be closer to the feedback loop with end-users and can responsively jump in to address changes. 

The market potential for the cloud remains a big opportunity for enterprises. As organizations continue to move up the cloud value chain, from infrastructure services to business process services, business stakeholders, development and operations teams will start to collaborate more frequently. The way organizations deliver applications today is often thought of as old, and out-of-date.  As the cloud moves into the mainstream enterprise, organizations have an opportunity to challenge the status quo and stay ahead of the competition.

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About the Author

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technical Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 15 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia's Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

Anders holds a B.SC from MIT.

Published Monday, November 18, 2013 6:45 AM by David Marshall
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