We’ve already had 4 days to start enjoying 2010 and looking at what the year has in store, I think we could be in for a good one – Fingers crossed!
2009 saw widespread recognition of the operational and economic benefits of cloud computing, so much so that we all now understand how it is set to transform IT for the future. After a year of uncertainty and reduced IT budgets I believe we are set to see a growth in the use of cloud services in 2010. With that in mind, here are my predictions for the year to come and how I see Magic Software contributing to this.
So far Magic Software UK has already signed up to attend the Cloud Computing Congress at the London Olympia on March 16th, so it looks like the Cloud will still be hot on the agenda.
2010 will see an explosion in the demand for mobile devices and mobile applications. The challenge will be to provide a viable Rich Internet Application platform for the development and deployment of business application and in particular enterprise mobile applications that will be powerful yet practical enough to enable workers to complete essential tasks via their mobile devices – without transferring one-for-one the entire client user interfaces of heavy ERP or CRM enterprise applications to mobile screens.
Using a combination of Magic Software’s uniPaaS application platform for the RIA front-end and the iBOLT business integration suite at the back-end, enterprises and ISVs can now build a mobile application that provides powerful Rich Internet (RIA) functionality for business users that also integrates and presents all of the various enterprise systems’ data on one screen.
The combination of uniPaaS and iBOLT will mean businesses can combine SAP with Salesforce.com CRM data, ERP data and back-office systems and processes to produce entire business workflows that can be customized, extended, deployed in any language and centrally managed.
2010 will also see significant changes in the cloud-based service offerings. It won’t be just the applications we make use of as services, it will also be consultancy and training, which is set to move into the cloud and stand as a major differentiator between the cloud vendors.
As more and more people gain experience with cloud services, knowledge will disseminate in the industry and best practices around security, networking, ‘hybrid clouds’, application architecture and IT policies will become widespread.
Hybrid cloud scenarios will become the dominant use scenarios for cloud computing for the years to come. However, the drive toward hybrid cloud scenarios requires the integration of cloud-based and on-premises technologies in the enterprise.
Magic Software’s iBOLT business integration platform is designed to fully and automatically integrate on-premise and on-demand cloud and mobile applications, and to extend the functionality of those applications while preserving the core business logic of the underlying technology.
With this in mind, 2010 looks set to be an exciting year on the cloud technology front. What’s your verdict? Tell me your predictions for the cloud in 2010.