Cloud computing is fueling digital transformations and modernizing IT portfolios and has become the de facto platform for them. By renting software through vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google, companies are increasingly finding business agility or cost savings. Most enterprises procure cloud services from two or more vendors and the trend that will gain traction in 2019, boosting the coffers of AWS, Microsoft, Alibaba, Google, IBM and Oracle, which according to Forrester Research will enjoy the lion’s share of the $200 billion in global public cloud spending for 2019.
As companies modernize core business apps with analytics, machine learning (ML), IoT, messaging, and database services created in the cloud, the innovation-seeking approach will boost enterprise adoption and spending. Here is our take at the key trends shaping cloud adoption in 2019.
SaaS ecosystems will rise
SaaS vendors ramped up integration plays in 2018 with the help of moves such as Salesforce’s purchase of API management vendor MuleSoft and Workday’s bid to unlock its platform. We can expect integrated SaaS-based industry ecosystems to spawn in 2019, driven by enterprise software stalwarts such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, Bartoletti says. Early examples will come from supply-chain-intensive industries with a strong need to share information and collaborate across organizations, such as industrial, healthcare, manufacturing and government.