10 TEC Predictions for 2011 - Slide 2

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Corporate IT will ascend to the cloud, but slowly

It seems one can't look at IT industry news without seeing the word cloud. While real-life adoption in cloud computing has lagged behind buzz, the survey indicates we're likely to see steady growth in production use in 2011. Higher use among IT vendors and service providers – who are usually early adopters – is a good indication of accelerating growth. 

While genuine interest in the cloud is growing, nearly 40 percent of respondents had no plans to use cloud services. As a result, the adoption curve for cloud computing likely will not follow the bell curve typical of most new technologies. Rather, after an initial spike in adoption, deployments will slow until remaining companies see proof of success from early adopters. At this point, with efficacy established by a critical mass of users, competitive pressures will force the remaining companies to adopt cloud services.

Each year, attendees of The Experts Conference (TEC), sponsored by Quest Software, are surveyed on technology trends, best practices, current issues and priorities, and TEC 2010 – the ninth annual event in the series – was no different. Quest experts Gil Kirkpatrick, chief architect, David Sengupta, chief architect and Microsoft Exchange Server MVP, and Dmitry Sotnikov, director of cloud solutions, analyzed the survey results to cull key predictions and trends for the coming year.

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