Cloud Computing: 15 Out-of-the-Box Predictions for IT This Year

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Years ago, when he was asked whether Web services were going to be the "next big thing," Oracle co-founder and then-CEO Larry Ellison responded: "I've spent too much time in Italy to know that you shouldn't ignore fashion."  In tech, we like nothing better than a new trend, because they become new products—and eventually new income streams—for enterprises.

We also know that fashion matters, so we've learned that it's generally best to get on board with it—or at least become familiar with fashionable trends—if at all possible. In the IT industry, we also like to look ahead, based on what we experienced in the past, to anticipate what important trends are coming, so that we can be aware of new ideas in order to stay competitive...

Cloud Computing: The Enterprise In 2015

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Alison Wagonfeld.

At Emergence Capital, we have had the opportunity to invest in visionaries such as Marc Benioff, Aaron Levie and David Sacks who have built major enterprise cloud applications that have formed the basis of the next generation of business software around the world. As we look out to 2015, we are excited to invest in what’s next for the enterprise.

We spend so much time talking about the future, so I thought it would be fun to share the 2015 predictions from Emergence’s five partners — Gordon Ritter, Jason Green, Brian Jacobs, Kevin Spain, and Santi Subotovsky — about the emerging themes for enterprise technology and the technology investment environment:...

Roundup Of Cloud Computing And Enterprise Software Predictions For 2015

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

Whenever this time of the year arrives with its proliferation of predictions, William Gibson’s quote “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” comes to mind. The best predictions provide a glimpse into the future while also providing mile markers to measure the journey. Those are the most fascinating of all because they take a firm stand on where, how and why a given area is scaling and at what pace. Instead of adding to the many cloud computing and enterprise software predictions being made for 2015, I’m providing a listing of those that are the most interesting and thought-provoking. They are listed below:

  • 10 Hadoop Predictions For 2015 - Well-researched series of Hadoop predictions and market forecasts. Key insights include the following: Over the next five years, the Hadoop-MapReduce market is expected to hit $2.2BV, attaining a compound annual growth rate (GAGR) of 58%, according to; IDC predicts that worldwide revenues for the Hadoop-MapReduce market will increase to $812.8M by 2016, up from $77M in 2011; IDC, which expects Hadoop to be in use in 45% of European organizations by the end of 2015; and SQL to become Hadoop's killer app for 2015...

Cloud Computing Predictions Show Where IT's Focus Should Be

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

There is little doubt that the cloud is on the rise, but in order to best take advantage of it over the long term, IT professionals require a bit more specificity when it comes to where the cloud will be within the next few years. Some new cloud computing predictions that focus on where the technology will be in the near future can help IT managers and executives properly prepare for this technology revolution.

Cloud Computing Predictions

At this point, it seems that just about every IT department has at least looked into the cloud. Many have already decided to shift some aspects of the data center there, but others may be taking a more methodical approach, waiting for some certainty before committing assets to adoption. While this is usually a smart path, delaying cloud adoption could be a big mistake given where the technology is headed, as summarized in a collection of cloud computing predictions in a recent MSPmentor article...

Bad Winter Weather Meets Big Data Prediction

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Doug Henschen.

When this winter's ice storms, artic deep freezes, and nasty nor'easters hit, it provided a good time to hunker down and get some inside projects done. Weather Company CIO Bryson Koehler has been working on a big one: consolidating 13 datacenters down to four, relying extensively on public cloud providers, and moving to a NoSQL-powered big-data platform.

When we last spoke to Koehler his company was preparing to move its Weather Underground business onto the new big-data platform, which runs the Riak database on Amazon public cloud computing resources, with backup resources on the Google Compute Cloud. Next up, plans called for the flagship Weather Channel to move to that same platform within a matter of weeks. Koehler's team has learned some key lessons along the way, particularly about the challenge of predicting costs when using external cloud services...

The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: William Long.

2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.

In a recent weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a European Communications Network should be set up to avoid potential access to data by the U.S. Government. In the podcast Merkel commented: “We’ll talk about European providers that offer security to our citizens, so one shouldn’t have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic”...

Mobile's next great leap will happen in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The fact that mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming cloud devices is nothing new. What is new is that we seem to be nearing the point of feature saturation on those devices. When that happens, the use of the cloud by mobile applications and providers will accelerate.

Smartphones and tablets are getting about as fast as we need them to get, the platforms are more capable, and the apps more sophisticated. My smartphone can download faster than most DSL services can, the user interfaces are easy to deal with now, and the applications equal or exceed those that we can find on a PC. Indeed, were it not for the fact that my smartphone has a 4-inch screen, I would have written this post on it...

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Grazed from CloudComputingExpo. Author: Harry Trott.

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits.

So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus being on the cloud, this segment only contributes to 3% of the overall revenues at the moment. According to a report by Cowen analyst Peter Goldmacher, the organic cloud growth at Oracle in the second quarter is not expected to have been more than 6%...

Private cloud management in 2014 - A year of true hybrid cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorldUK. Author: Editorial Staff.

Every year Forrester publishes our overall cloud computing predictions which occasionally includes one or two private cloud predictions. With current private cloud self-reported adoption at 33% and 55% prioritising building an internal private cloud in 2014, we thought it was time to create a report that focuses just on this deployment type.

This year we published a separate report that features our private cloud predictions across pricate cloud management and infrastructure. The report covers the full descriptions and what I&O professionals should do about it. I covered the management predictions, while my colleague Rich Fichera, covered the infrastructure trends. This year we predict:...

Cloud Computing: 5 Big Business Intelligence Trends For 2014

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Cindi Howson.

Visual data discovery, cloud computing, and mobile lead the BI trends to watch in 2014. Take a closer look.

What's in store for business intelligence in 2014?  In some respects, 2014 will echo themes heard in 2013, but the message is getting louder when it comes to visual data discovery, cloud, and mobile. Big data also will continue to garner attention, but people will take a pragmatic approach to adoption. Simplicity, meanwhile, will experience a second coming...