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Cloud Computing and Technology Trends in 2015

Business moves fast, but technology moves faster. Companies interested in remaining competitive into the coming year may want to look into some of the newest technology trends. In particular, cloud computing trends will likely shape the fabric of the business tech industry for at least several years to come, and those able to anticipate changes in the cloud computing market will be able to gain significant ground over their competitors.

Increased Data Relevancy for Data Mining and Predictions

The past few years have seen companies storing incredibly large volumes of data. Consumer data, inventory data, business information data--any type of data that could potentially be saved. The problem, however, is that companies have been storing these large archives of data without a clear purpose, leading to issues such as being unable to sift through the data for relevant, actionable information. In fact, too much data can simply obfuscate any meaning, as the data models become too complex to be reliable.

Moving forward, companies may begin to focus on data that can provide them clear conclusions and aid in revenue generation. 2015 technology trends may very well see more thought being put into which items of data are most relevant to a company and which items of data can be removed. There may also be an emphasis on human analysis of data rather than automated big data mining, as data mining can sometimes lead to the incorrect conclusions in the presence of data sets that are too large and unwieldy.

Cloud Security Concerns Become Increasingly Irrelevant

Up until recently, security concerns have dominated the discussion regarding the viability of cloud technology. However, the major tech trends show that cloud security has increased at such a significant rate that the cloud may soon become safer than a company's internal network. It makes sense: cloud servers allow companies to secure their data in a centralized location and this centralized location can have the most advanced security solutions available. In early 2014, both Google and Microsoft announced that the cloud was "safe for use." But on the heels of extremely highly-publicized cloud leaks, it has become a necessity for cloud solutions to ramp up their security so that there can be absolutely no question of safety.

That is not to say that security won't still be a major concern. Technology trends in business show that security is almost always the paramount concern of any infrastructure. But security will increasingly shift towards being the concern of the cloud service provider rather than the company or individual using the cloud computing technology, and this ensures that certain standards of security will always be met.

Managed Hybrid Cloud Solutions Will Slowly Vanish

Touted as a compromise between in-house server solutions and an entirely cloud infrastructure, hybrid cloud solutions involve an internal, private cloud and an external cloud deployment. This type of architecture featured heavily in the latest business technology trends as it enabled companies to take advantage of the power and flexibility of the cloud while still retaining control over their more sensitive documents. It was most often likened to having both a private server and a public server, and it was often referred to as being the best of both worlds.

The problem was that many companies wanted to manage their own private clouds rather than having them hosted by the same company that hosted their public cloud. The complications of this type of setup are obvious: there are two separate systems that need to be maintained, the systems need to be integrated and the maintenance and upgrade flow of both systems need to be managed separately. Combining rather than separating systems is the end goal of most IT departments, as it vastly reduces cost and increases productivity and efficiency. Thus, there will likely be an uptick in hosted private cloud services and combined private and public cloud infrastructures, with a reduction in managed cloud and hybrid services.

Cloud-Based SaaS Services Will Likely Diversify

As the cloud-based SaaS industry matures, so, too, will its technology offerings. Cloud computing trends 2015 will likely see industry-related SaaS offerings taking the place of more generalized software solutions, in much the same way that industry-focused accounting, design and management programs followed more general planning solutions during the initial stages of computer software. This will also occur naturally as more companies begin to shift away from desktop applications and towards the power that SaaS cloud-based solutions represent.

For the business owner, this means that technology solutions will be designed specifically with them in mind. Greater productivity and efficiency may be achieved through the use of these tailored SaaS solutions. However, it also means that some SaaS solutions may become less than universal; business owners will now need to educate themselves on the current SaaS offerings to find the best platform for them. As an example, a business owner may no longer have a single Point-of-Sale system to choose from but instead a general POS, retail-based POS, restaurant-based POS or event-based POS.

Data Privacy Regulations May Begin Affecting Cloud Providers

Scheduled to begin in 2015, EU Data Privacy Regulations may have an effect on global cloud providers, not just those in the European Union--and the United States may not be far behind as far as data privacy regulations go. As of 2014, only 1% of all cloud providers actually meet the standards posed by the EU's data protection requirements, which are designed to ensure that personally identifiable and confidential information cannot be inadvertently released. In order to meet these standards, cloud providers across the globe may need to alter their services and the way that they protect their data on both a hardware and software level.

Of course, data privacy also ties into questions of data security; any increase in data privacy means that data security, too, will increase. But the fact that cloud providers today do not meet these data privacy standards is notnecessarily indicative of lax security. Though presently most cloud providers do not meet these standards, that may be largely because the standards themselves are specific and because of the definitions being used to qualify data as private and protected. Most cloud infrastructures have more than enough resources to implement data safety and security protocols, but up until recently there has been no real impetus to spend time, money or resources on additional data protection, and it may not have been seen as necessary.

Regardless of the situation, this increase in data protection and safety is very likely to have a positive impact on those interested in utilizing cloud technology into 2015, as it will ensure that data is more likely to be secured properly. This will have an additional effect of increasing consumer confidence in companies, as consumers will feel more confident in giving companies personally identifiable information when it is less likely to be leaked.

One thing that cannot be questioned is the new commitment towards cloud-based technologies; the majority of cloud technology trends in 2015 directly relate to the cloud. In the past, some industries have been reluctant to switch over to cloud-based infrastructure; this is simply not true any longer. Cloud-based technologies have become the new standard across all industries and are likely to continue to be so for some time.

Posted: 1/7/2015 3:48:21 PM

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