Staying competitive means moving to the cloud
In December 2011, market researcher IDC noted that spending on the IT industryís next dominant platform, built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking, and big data analytics technologies, is growing at about 18% per year and is expected to account for at least 80% of IT spending growth through 2020.
Thatís a lot of money. Itís compelling evidence that we are in the midst of a fundamental transformation, where information is becoming the primary raw material in organisations large and small and maximising the value created from that information is the increasingly strategic role of IT. This creates enormous opportunities for companies to find and exploit new market niches that may not have even existed a few years ago.
In some respects this isnít news, even if the cutting edge aspects of mobility, cloud, social, and big data are. The companies that grew up on the Web have had IT technology at their core. Nearly as well known are examples from companies that design and manufacture high technology components. Or financial services firms that depend on the latest and greatest hardware and software to rapidly price and execute trades. These types of businesses are cutting edge on the ď3rd Platform,Ē as IDC calls it, too óbut thatís what weíve come to expect in these industries.
Whatís most different today is that the cutting-edge IT story doesnít begin and end with such companies. Rather, itís nearly pervasive. In part, this is because access to advanced IT is no longer limited to
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