What is the future of cloud computing?
Upcoming technologies to keep an eye out for!
The future of cloud computing and how business interact with technology is going to be a very exciting period our latest blog post covers where Valto sees Cloud computing going and which technologies to keep an eye out for. If we look at the stats for cloud technologies the mindset has very much changed the core issue for cloud technologies used to be Security this is no longer the major concern with many companies with the biggest issue becoming a the lack of cloud resources and knowledge available within organisations.
Strategy is also a prevalent issue with 52% of companies lacking a Cloud Strategy again due to lack of skills and difficulty finding the resources required. Other quick fire stats, cloud spending has now overtaken infrastructure spending, cloud will be default deployment by 2020 and increasingly cloud is becoming a main revenue stream for the big players including Microsoft and Amazon.
The stats give us an indication of the future of cloud computing and below are some of the technologies available now and how we see them progressing over the next year or so.
Mobile First, Cloud First
Microsoft has aligned its strategy for the future of cloud computing, its core strategy is based on Mobile First, Cloud First in which everything developed going forward must be developed with a mobile device in mind on a cloud platform. Mobile devices can range from phones, tablets to laptops.
With Office365 and Azure being main players in the business productivity suite and many companies looking at Digital Transformation strategies. We’re at a point where we can access all our productivity tools easily on any device and utilise a desktop when we need more powerful functionality.
Over the next couple of years, we’ll see (Continuum & Android) mobile devices becoming a single device that people utilise. This will be docked when at the office connecting your device to a monitor, keyboard and mouse giving you the power of a desktop at your fingertips. For users that need more powerful hardware that may be looking at graphic design, processing data, etc. the mobile device will spin up an Azure (Citrix Desktop / AWS) machine and seamlessly connect to this perhaps through an RDP protocol or new technology. This would utilise the pay as you go model meaning you’d only be paying for a full powerful desktop when your connected to that environment.
IoT, AI & Personal Assistants
Alexa, Google Home, Siri, Cortana are all personal voice activated assistants that are changing the way we interact with devices and even the way we search for information on the web. We’re currently in the first generation of this platform which will change rapidly over the coming months.
Microsoft, Google & Apple are working on integrated chat bots utilising AI where we can perform simple task such as booking a hotel, ordering a pizza or even trains/flights. There is no doubt the information being gathered and technology being developed will be integrated with personal assistants in the next generation of this model.
While the above is very consumer orientated, the question is how are organisations going to take advantage of this technology?
Bots & Personal Assistants
IT Companies could utilise and develop intelligent AI Bots that can identify problems with end-user machines and guide them through the resolution steps. If required these bots will also be able to connect the users with a real technician.
Service industries including councils, housing associations and energy companies have already been making huge moves towards digital transformation. Moving away from traditional services such as phone calls which are costly and inefficient to automated web based portals that allow users to self-service and submit data without human interaction which saves organisations huge amounts of money. Over the next few years this will be taken even further with the use of intelligent bots which will enable users to service requests automatically such as raising a repair request or requesting information for payment.
Check out the Microsoft QnA Maker which lets you easily create intelligent bots based on webpage or document data. https://qnamaker.ai
Again, service industries stand to make huge efficiencies utilising IoT. Improvements in energy efficiency such as automatically enabling heat, lighting, electricity when its required instead of 24/7. Providing the ability for units that require maintenance to automatically feedback data such as lighting, boilers, etc. can mean issues with these can be dealt more proactively and provider a quicker response improving customer satisfaction.
Big Data, Reporting & Analytics
We’re collecting more data than ever before, new tools have been launched that help us interpret that data including PowerBI, Data Lake Analytics & Machine Learning.
An example of how this technology can be utilised using AI and advanced analytics is the Microsoft Article – Predict Quality Wine with Azure Machine Learning. This shows how using collected data we can determine a wine quality and apply machine learning to understand if a wine will be good quality based on its characteristics.
SharePoint, Power Apps and other tools make it very easy for organisations to collect data and build forms. Utilising PowerBI we can interpret that data and create interactive and meaningful dashboards.
Traditional reporting relied on weekly, monthly or quarterly reporting that were often updated manually collating data from many sources. The new technologies mean these reports can be built to provide instant updates. Business are moving at a much quicker pace than before and having instant reporting data on hand to make the right informed decisions can make or break a company.
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At Valto, we’re committed to helping our clients get the IT Strategy that works best for their needs we can help translate the future of cloud computing to your business objectives and goals. Valto can assist you with your IT Strategy building a plan of how you can take immediate advantage of technologies available to you now including Office365, Azure, SharePoint & more! Our strategy can build a digital transformation roadmap for the next 1 to 5 years planning for short term integrations to long terms integrations making sure your organisation keeps on top of the latest technology giving you a competitive edge.
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