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Cloud Computing Trends for Growing Enterprises

by: Sarah Joson

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

From the point of view of business owners, aside from meeting the growing demand in the market, they have to be more innovative in expanding their respective companies. One way to achieve it is to create new data integration and management strategies. With large volume of data to be managed, they now have to take into account the assortment of data, storage facility, volume, and the amount of effort they have to dispense for each account.

One strategy that got the entire business world buzzing and accomplished the things mentioned above is migrating data to the cloud. Certainly, as the use of cloud computing picks up speed, security will change and it will be the system that business owners will run to for cloud-based data integration and data management solutions.


Cloud computing trends

Here are the cloud computing trends to watch out for in 2012, written by Martin Tantow and published at CloudTimes.org:

The market is going mobile.
Since businesses are seeing that consumers are highly inclined to use the internet, they are pushing for their marketing, services, and transactions to be available online as well. This resulted to businesses competing for the best applications, even the ones focused on commerce APIs or mobile payment systems.  

Increase in monitoring infrastructure.
Business activity monitoring (BAM) will be required as the cloud would prompt businesses to put up an in-house station to stay connected with the cloud-based processes. This will make it easy to monitor the processes, customer activity, and cloud services.

Third party service providers will take the center stage.
Aside from the strain outsourcing brings to an operation, businesses that avail of cloud services on top of outsourcing face more challenges. To address these issues, cloud services brokerages (CSBs) will become more popular as these units are known to provide insight and expertise in cloud integration and management, even with other cloud providers like CRM, EAI or B2B.

Business owners will look for more control over cloud data.
Since the volume of data is increasing at a high rate, demand for security, storage space, accessibility, upto-date business processes, and system reviews will also grow.

Businesses will have a unified system.
Businesses will be more interconnected, pushing the business-to-business (B2B) model. Companies will make use of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) to connect backend processes to the cloud computing world. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) will also be used to support the entire operation.

Storage size will matter.
Imagine the growing number of firms that are migrating data to the cloud - of course this would call for data storage expansion and improved accessibility. This will work best for providers that offer varied content, data provision, cloud services brokerage, and other cloud services and applications.

Providers will offer more Master Data Management (MDM) services.
Cloud solutions provider will push the application and usage of Master Data Management (MDM) services. It is the complete deal for clients who want a little of each of the entire cloud services menu and will be much preferred by business owners since it costs less.

Cloud integration will require additional processes.
Providers are expected to shoulder the additional workload as moving data to the cloud will need more processes to look out for. This would include closing deals with cloud service providers, which would fall under management, then maintenance, which is usually overlooked. However, clients will be expected to improve the entire operation and work on the business process modelling (BPM).

PaaS’ flexibility will boost its popularity.

The ability of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to provide companies with various means to access and translate data to the cloud platform makes it a feasible model. PaaS is also being considered by firms that haven’t upgraded to the cloud yet.

Security will progress, so will the challenges.

This rapid phenomenon brought about by the cloud has led to several issues and challenges. Restrictions will be made nonstop by organizations that are protecting both the providers and clients who are thriving in the business industry. No matter what type of information, customer and business protection is always the priority for cloud computing services.

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