List: Hear from experts at Canonical, Informatica and HPE about what 2016 holds in-store for cloud.
6. The death of outsourced application development
Andre Pino (VP Marketing). CloudBees: "Outsourced application development dies. Businesses will use software to differentiate their brands in ways that they were previously incapable of, and it will be so core to the business that it will require application development to be brought back in-house.
"The combination of cloud(easy access to compute resources), CD/DevOps (rapid application development and delivery) and microservices (simplified application architecture) will result in the business relying on a continuous flow of company-built software features to create new and exciting ways to interact with customers."
7. Hybrid IT becomes stronger
Graham Mackay, UK & I Sales Director, Hybrid IT, HPE: "The increasingly digital and disruptive business environment will reinforce the trend towards hybrid IT environments in the coming year. The reason is that established firms have to combine two very different ways of doing business in order to sustain their competitiveness.
"They must continue to run and optimize their traditional business and, at the same time, establish start-up-style initiatives, which are all about speed.
"This will drive adoption of a combination of reliable and efficient systems on one hand, and extremely agile and flexible cloud platforms on the other. As two infrastructure models are not sustainable, firms will seek to implement hybrid IT that bridges the two worlds."
8. Public clouds will be a key driver of SaaS
Mathias Golombek, Chief Technology Officer and, Board Member, EXASOL AG: "Solutions as a Service has been building momentum this year and more and more IT managers are seeing the success that early adopters have been enjoying.
"Companies have been struggling to plug the skills gap, particularly for data analytics, and there has been growing concern throughout the UK around productivity as we slip behind Germany and France – highlighted by the 2015 Summer Budget.
"IT managers now see SaaS as a legitimate solution to the problem and are seeking to garner the benefits it has to offer.
"Public clouds will be a key driver of SaaS, as we’ll see more SaaS offerings at a better price. This will lead to a shift in the relationship between the IT department and the business as public clouds enable departments to be much more agile and adopt new solutions more easily and deploy on demand."
9. Cloud attacks to increase
John Vladimir Slamecka, Regional Vice President, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, AT&T: "Cloud attacks will grow more serious and widespread in 2016, and will serve as a harsh wake-up call to many organisations.
"The concern and urgency will quickly trickle down from large enterprises to medium-sized businesses, and drive a spike in demand for stricter, more effective cloud controls and security to better protect critical cloud data. This will also drive increased focus on highly secure cloud networking solutions."
10. Standarisation and automation are key
Graham Mackay, UK & I Sales Director, Hybrid IT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise: "Our customers increasingly view standardization and automation as the key to transforming their legacy IT environments to cloud-like models.
"The use of automation to orchestrate the resources in hybrid IT environments will gain traction over the coming year. Going forward, companies will start to use automation to enforce the execution of contractual arrangements for the use, storage and transmission of personal or confidential data.
"The latter will be one of the approaches for cloud providers and users to ensure compliance and accountability in a highly complex regulatory environment."