The Future of Cloud Collaboration and What This Means to Your Company
A recent study published by Markets and Markets predicts the collaboration
tools market to more than double between now and 2018. In 2014, the market
for collaboration software tools was valued at around $10.5 billion. By 2018,
this market is expected to reach a size of more than $21 billion. That is a
staggering compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15%.
A primary driver for this growth has been cloud. An IDC study points out that
the use of SaaS and cloud based software tools is expected to grow from $29.4
billion in 2012 to $67.2 billion in 2016 at an annual growth rate of 28.1%.
The proliferation of cloud based collaboration is a direct result of this
wholesale growth in the popularity of cloud based services.
Collaboration technology is already a well-established market. Applications
like Mi... (more)
Cloud for Startups - Why Cost Savings Is Not the Only Factor Driving Growth
In a recent article on the Entrepreneur, Bask Iyer, the CIO and Senior Vice
President of Technology at Juniper Networks responded to the question, 'what
entrepreneurs should put in the cloud?' His answer: "Everything." Bask
elaborates by pointing out the ability of cloud to scale-up and scale-down at
ease, the ease with which you can deploy plug-and-play cloud solutions for
almost everything and its ability to offer a level playing field to
companies, big and small.
We have known and understood the benefi... (more)
Cloud Trends to Watch Out for This Year
Experts predict that the cloud computing will continue to grow this year.
According to the Computerworld Forecast Study, spending on cloud computing is
expected to rise by 42% in 2015. Moreover, Esna projects that in a bid to
increase the use of mobile, social, customer-facing and collaboration
technologies, 40% of IT teams will spend more on software as a service and a
mix of public, private and hybrid solutions this year.
With the upsurge of new, mobile-oriented technologies, as well as the
mainstream business emergence of previously nich... (more)
Hybrid cloud has taken over from public and private cloud to become the
fastest growing cloud solution among enterprises. This was one of the
critical findings in a new survey report released by Wakefield Research that
conducted the study on behalf of Avanade Inc. The study, released during the
recently concluded Microsoft Canada : Cloud and Mobility summit held at
Toronto, points out that 69% of the companies surveyed saw hybrid cloud as
one of their biggest focus areas for 2015.
However, not everything is rosy at the moment. The study also found that
despite the general agreem... (more)
Trends indicate that enterprise solutions, particularly enterprise resource
planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software are still
largely hosted on-premises. A 2014 study by Gartner found that only 2% of
respondents ran their core ERP systems on the cloud. More enterprises are
looking to shift to the cloud, with half of those surveyed indicating the
intention to move to a cloud-based platform within the next five years.
The role of big data in ERPs until now, has been largely separate. Most of
the time, Big Data becomes an input for ERPs, but data from an ER... (more)