28 Nov Emerging Trends in Cloud Technology
The 4th Industrial Revolution is characterized by disruptive technologies that are transforming the way industries operate. Companies getting on board with this 4.0 revolution are seeing just how technology can improve the way they work.
Previously, we wrote about how manufacturing companies can improve their business operations by adopting cloud technologies. Here’s a deeper look at how cloud technology and services are driving modern business success.
How Data Centres Have Transformed Business Operations
The rapid growth in data centres around the world have also been exponential, especially in emerging regions. With hyperscale cloud providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, the movement towards using cloud services and creating hybrid business models that are scalable in new geographies has been an interesting trend to watch over the last few years.
Chris Morris, Director at Gowling WLG adds: “Data centres are an asset class of their own now. Businesses understand it so they can invest in it.”
Emerging regions and data centres are challenging the traditional vs modern data centre approach, or rather the “old vs new” approach in technology.
The more traditional approach is where a business would have its own centre in the building, looked after by its own employees, and the new approach would be outsourcing to a data centre or migrating information to the cloud.
Gartner predicts that the shift to a more modern approach will drive business success. A report by the firm states that by 2025, 80% of enterprises will “migrate entirely away from on-premises data centres with the current trend of moving workloads to colocation, hosting and the cloud leading them to shut down their traditional data centre.”
Research by the business also predicts that infrastructure and operation is going to be the key to building internet infrastructure.
“More than ever, I&O (IT Infrastructure and Operations) is becoming increasingly involved in unprecedented areas of the modern-day enterprise. The focus of I&O leaders is no longer to solely deliver engineering and operations, but instead deliver products and services that support and enable an organisation’s business strategy,” says Ross Winser, Senior Research Director at Gartner in a press release.
Morris agrees: “it’s important to recognise the trend towards trusting another party to handle your data or the environment in which your data is stored. This trend has grown significantly over the last 20 years but we are noticing a big shift over the last 5 years with the rise of the hyperscale cloud providers.”
“The cloud has increased the prominence of the data centre and it will be interesting to see the demand for additional capacity which artificial intelligence is predicted to require over the coming years.”
Cloud Services for Manufacturing
The “old vs. new” approach in technology is very much represented in the 4th Industrial Revolution; manufacturers must embrace the digital transformation in order to survive. That means out with the old, and in with the new cloud technology.
Our 4.0 Manufacturing Solutions include a number of cloud-based Salesforce technologies to modernize manufacturing operations, automate CPQ and billing processes, improve field service personnel effectiveness and much more.
With our help, Industry 4.0 can become an ally for your company. Find out how.