Cloud forecasting for 2015

According to a recent study, IT pros are going big in 2015 when it comes to cloud investments – and they’re looking for the people and services that can help them drive that cloud growth. 

The 400 IT pros surveyed by 2nd Watch, a cloud consulting group, recently weighed in on the upcoming trends in cloud migration and adoption. When asked for their prediction on what 2015’s biggest trend would be, the top answer was hybrid cloud services at 36%.

That scored significantly higher than other perpetually covered trends, including Big Data (20%), the Internet of Things (18%) and mobile tech (12%).

But perhaps just as interesting, the survey respondents weighed in on what they felt would be least popular in 2015. And it seems that hosting corporate-run data centers (31%) is so last year.

Cloud spending trends

The survey also finds that most IT departments will see increased resources going toward their cloud projects in the coming year. Respondents were asked how much more they would be allocating to bringing applications to the cloud:

  • 34% plan to invest 15% or more over last year’s levels
  • 20% plan on 25% more budget
  • 18% said 10% more, and
  • 10% indicated they’d spend more than 30% over last year.

Only 18% haven’t planned on spending any more yet.

And it seems that techs who can manage this technology are also in high-demand. The IT workers who will be most important in using public cloud infrastructure are:

  • persons with experience managing cloud workloads (34%)
  • network/storage experts (18%)
  • Big Data specialists (13%)
  • traditional migration consultants (13%)
  • enterprise architects (11%), and
  •  DevOPS staff (10%).

Public/hybrid heating up

From these results, it looks like in-house storage is on its way out and the cloud is coming up in a big way. So what can you do with this information?

  1. Scout talent. If you’re not heavily involved in cloud projects yet, you probably soon will be. Look for full-time staff (or good consultants) who will have the skills you need.
  2. Budget accordingly. Many cloud projects wind up going off their projected budget. Make sure you’re looking carefully at what a transition will actually cost, not what it could cost in a best-case scenario alone.
  3. Watch trends carefully. What’s hip today may become passe tomorrow. Keep an eye out for changes to the trends for cloud computing so you can be sure not to be left behind.

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