Monday 17 December 2012
Business leaders will focus on obtaining even greater value in the cloud during 2013, it has been claimed.
Writing for the Ecommerce Times, Jeffrey M. Kaplan predicted cost management will take centre stage in the cloud next year.
He claimed that a new set of management tools will help businesses estimate potential cloud costs and monitor real expenditures.
Mr Kaplan said that managing hybrid cloud environments - where hosted services are mixed with on-premise IT - will be one of the biggest challenges.
"Few organisations are able to fully manage their legacy systems and applications - adding on a new layer of cloud services threatens to compound their existing mess," he stated.
"New cloud-based management solutions and a growing number of managed cloud services will help organisations get their arms around this challenge."
Mr Kaplan said that for many companies, sorting through the proliferation of cloud services to select and deploy those that best fit in their existing operations and satisfy their specific business requirements will be the "top priority".
According to IDC, increased knowledge among buyers has helped push cloud services during 2012.
The firm said both business and IT managers are now fully aware of the benefits of the technology, and how best to utilise hosted services.
Posted by Alex Boardman