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IDC Reveals Cloud Predictions for 2015

International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2015 Predictions Web conference, which highlighted the predictions based on a new IDC FutureScape report. The Predictions Web conference series and accompanying IDC FutureScape reports are designed to help company leaders capitalize on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth. An audio replay of today's web conference will be available this afternoon. To access the replay, please visit: http://bit.ly/IDCCloudFutureScape2015.

The predictions from the IDC FutureScape for Cloud are:

  1. More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.
  2. By 2017, 20% of enterprises will see enough value in community-driven open source standards/frameworks to adopt them strategically.
  3. By 2017, 25% of IT organizations will formally support a "consumer tier" to allow workers to develop their own personal automation.
  4. By 2017, IT buyers will actively channel 20% of their IT budgets through industry clouds to enable flexible collaboration, information sharing, and commerce.
  5. By 2016, more than 50% of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-aware cloud management solutions.
  6. 60% of SaaS applications will leverage new function-driven, micro-priced IaaS capabilities by 2018, adding innovation to a "commodity" service.
  7. By 2015, 65% of the selection criteria for enterprise cloud workloads in global IT markets will be shaped by efforts to comply with data privacy legislation.
  8. 75% of IaaS provider offerings will be redesigned, rebranded, or phased out in the next 12-24 months.
  9. By 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, towards various versions of cloud as a new delivery model.
  10. By 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and DevOps lifecycles for faster rollout of new features and business innovation.

According to Robert Mahowald, Program Vice President, IDC SaaS & Cloud Software research practice, "Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand provider-based services are driving very rapid internal IT change. IT buyers are shifting steadily toward cloud-also and cloud-first strategies and nearly all are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud construction and operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT skills, and improved multi-vendor sourcing. The dynamics we've discussed in this IDC FutureScape, and our recommendations, should be a foundation for how enterprise-class IT organizations think about managing their transformation."

The IDC FutureScape report that this Web conference is based on will be published and available within the next 24 hours. To learn more about IDC Predictions and IDC FutureScapes, please visit: www.idc.com/research/Predictions15.

Published Friday, December 19, 2014 8:42 AM by David Marshall
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