Many tech writers have written quite extensively on the many changes that have taken place in the information technology sector and how these changes have affected organizations in the tech industry.
More than any other time in history, the IT industry is witnessing numerous direction-altering events which most IT experts predict will continue to shape the industry long into the future.
In fact, a number of tech experts argue that the changes and the innovations that will take place in the IT industry in the next five years will be more than those that have occurred in the last 20 years.
Today’s innovations carrier is cloud computing. In addition to bringing new innovations, cloud computing has disrupted the way companies carry out their business operations.
What makes the emergence of cloud computing particularly impactful to the industry is the fact that it has changed how we create and use applications.
Any IT guru would tell you that applications carry all the value in IT; every other thing represents different forms of application enablers.
The big question, therefore, is: what does this cloud computing technological shift mean for applications in your business?
Most traditional applications were based on legacy infrastructure which was slow and extremely expensive; it took very long to buy and install. All processes associated with legacy infrastructure processes like stacking and racking were manual and took a long time to set up.
Moreover, once the infrastructure had been installed, it was almost impossible to make any changes to it. For such infrastructure to work properly, it was necessary that its user base and the number of users stays relatively unchanged. The applications also had to be considerably static.
Consequently, the whole process was a tightly arranged group of tooling, workloads and infrastructure. Everything would be stable but move incredibly slow. Very few applications were ever easy to change and very few applications infrastructures could be changed on a moment’s notice.
Today, cloud computing has changed all that. What could have been the exception has now becoming the governing rule.
In most of the current application environments, it is now possible to do experiments before rolling out new applications, because it does not take forever to make changes to the infrastructure or roll out new versions of an application.
This has been a noteworthy gamechanger. Now, businesses can experiment with new ideas and take up new opportunities as soon as they emerge.
The marketplace has now gone digital. Many companies are now communicating and selling to their customers via mobile applications instead of the web.
And that’s not all; the near future will likely be dominated by the Internet of Things as well as artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning will be the norm.
This new way of doing things has become possible thanks to the emergence of cloud computing, which forms the foundation on which these interfaces are built and interactions take place.
This has resulted to new infrastructure expectations every time a business executive is looking to make a purchase. The assumption now is that the public cloud vendor will have infrastructure ready for purchase at a low cost.
Furthermore, the infrastructure should be scalable in the event that it becomes necessary to do an upgrade some time into the future. The static nature of traditional application environment is long gone and has been replaced by an agile and tremendously flexible environment.
Most of the tech innovations we will see will be directly as a result of the changes in the working environment that cloud computing has made possible.
The next five or so years are hard to predict the exact innovations that we will see. That said, the general consensus in tech circles is that the innovations that we will see will transform every aspect of doing business.
Companies like Google and Facebook have already made significant headway in the use of AI. Google Translate for example, is already using AI and machine learning to become better with every translation it does.
Given the nature of these innovations, our best predictions are often not good enough, meaning that we will still be in awe when new innovations hit the market in the days, months and years ahead.