If you think 2015 was a great year in terms of advances in cloud computing, wait until you find out what’s in store for 2016. Needless to say, cloud computing has completely displaced the old client/server model of the 20th century, and this new paradigm is expected to evolve at a very fast rate in the next few years.
With regard to the enterprise world, here are the cloud trends you will likely encounter in 2016:
Cloud Computing: No Longer Fancy Jargon
You’ve probably heard about the Internet of Things and Big Data in 2015; these two emerging technologies got a lot of attention from tech journalists, who simply love to pepper their content with buzzwords and jargon phrases. It so happens, however, that cloud computing is no longer used as jargon; it has become so accepted as a tech standard that tech writers don’t use it as much anymore. In 2016, you will not hear others telling you that their enterprise software resides in the cloud; this will become an obvious fact of business computing.
Microsoft Introduces the Hybrid Cloud
Tech analysts are eagerly awaiting the release of the new Windows Server and System Center 2016. When this happens, companies that have wanted to implement a full private cloud solution will be able to do so through Microsoft’s Azure Stack. This means that the Infrastructure-as-a-Service will finally become a reality, and this is something that certain enterprises are looking forward to. A hybrid cloud environment allows full control and security, which are ideal for industries such as investment banking, intelligence, government, legal, and others.
Apple Will Retreat Quietly from the Enterprise Space
A few years ago, the iPhone was hailed as the mobile device that dethroned the BlackBerry as the top smartphone for business users. It is not unusual to see company-issued iPhones and iPads these days, but this trend may not carry over to 2016. The release of Windows 10 for smartphones in late 2015 was significant insofar as the inclusion of Office Mobile, which is bound to be a game changer in the enterprise world. Unless Apple is able to introduce enterprise innovation in 2016, it will likely play second fiddle to mobile devices powered by Android 10 and Windows 10.
Machine Learning Becomes Cognitive Computing
Big Data, massive network connectivity and advance APIs have turned machine learning into artificial intelligence. Cognitive computing will be an exciting trend in 2016, and for the business world this means improved personal assistants such as Google Now, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana, which will likely become a lot smarter in the next few months.