“Instead of a slow-moving fluffy white cloud image, the cloud computing industry should use a tornado–that might be a better way to visualize how fast cloud computing is growing today,” writes TJ McCue, Forbes.com contributor. It’s hard to predict exactly where the industry will go and how it will continue to transform businesses, but there are certainly some strong opinions by those close to the issue.
Organizational structure is likely to be affected most heavily. Businesses will become increasingly willing to hire remote employees and invest in hives (groups of employees working in different locations). This will increase staffing flexibility and reduce costs. It will also cause geographical limitations to dissipate, meaning any employee can work for any business.
Security will also be something to keep an eye on. While cloud technologies are relatively safe at the moment, hackers and cyber criminals will turn their focus to these technologies over the course of the next few years. How the industry responds will be important to its long-term success.
As a business owner or key decision maker, you’ll have to make a decision regarding the cloud. If you haven’t already adopted this growing technology, you’ll risk falling behind. In the next five years, cloud computing will become the norm and the businesses that aren’t willing to adapt will become inefficient and unreliable. The choice is yours–but the answer seems pretty obvious.