Although the prospect may sound far-fetched, some professionals have speculated that increased investment in cloud computing may put major software developers out of business. If you look at the situation from the perspective of an open-source developer, it makes a fair amount of sense.
Enhanced sharing capabilities and cloud implementations go hand in hand, delivering an easier way for IT professionals to collaborate to create customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, desktop operating systems, and other deployments.
Creating a wide wake
As adoption rates increase, technological accouterments designed to complement cloud technology are growing. For example, potential customers initially expressed concerns regarding security, primarily because they didn’t know what they were dealing with. In response, made it a priority to enhance defense measures, and some organizations are even building entire business models around providing cloud security.
This level of response is characteristic of the cloud industry and explains why adoption rates have increased significantly. Skyhigh Networks conducted a Q1 2014 report based on data collected from more than 8.3 million cloud users and found that 3,571 cloud services were in use — 1,320 more than the previous quarter.
As far as what services were being used, everything from data storage to application usage were considered. On an interesting note, the study discovered that, on average, an organization leverages 24 different file sharing solutions and 91 disparate collaboration programs. This statistic supports the cloud’s status as a popular service, but it also signals a call to action.
At first glance, it seems as if business leaders would perceive investing in a single, comprehensive model to be preferable to using multiple. Perhaps not enough vendors offer holistic solutions, however, or these decision-makers believe that leveraging numerous services gives them some kind of advantage.