After 10 years circa, cloud is the new normal


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There will be no going back for organisations that took a first step into the cloud during Covid-19 – the accelerated adoption of new technologies is likely to change their businesses forever


Almost 70 per cent of organisations already using cloud will increase their cloud spending after a year of Covid-19 disruption, according to research by Gartner

A decade after it first began to gain traction, cloud in all its various manifestations has become the new normal. Back then, chief executives who had grown tired of on-premise IT and costly refresh cycles were drawn to the agility and scale of pay-as-you-go services – Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – but it required a seismic shift to technology that was still nascent. Adoption was slow.

“We had been having conversations over a period of time with boards about remote working that has now been forced upon them,” Carmel Owens, chief executive, Sidero, said. She is now starting to see the same organisations turn their attention to the post-Covid world. “The senior management teams are recognising that cloud and IT can be a source of competitive advantage rather than a cost to be managed, that it could play a more critical role in making business strategies successful.” With cloud comes a change in the IT mindset – what Owens described as a shift towards products and platforms rather than projects.

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