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The Open Hybrid Cloud Catalyst for Change in 2015

Chief executives have approved digital technology budgets and updated strategic plans, now the Line of Business leaders and their IT counterparts must address the tactical execution for 2015 and beyond.

In hindsight, 2014 was a pivotal year for cloud service platform adoption. Regardless, the trend will accelerate next year. International Data Corporation (IDC) has shared their 2015 predictions about the global cloud computing platforms market, based upon their latest outlook.

These predictions are intended to help senior executives and IT leaders capitalize on the most profound emerging market opportunities and plan for their future growth.

"Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand services are driving very rapid internal IT change. All business technology buyers are now shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies," said Robert Mahowald, vice president at IDC.

Moreover, nearly all organizations are reconsidering their IT best practices to embrace hybrid cloud operations, secure data management, end-to-end governance, updated IT staff skills, and improved multi-vendor sourcing.

These shifting market dynamics will become a next-generation foundation for how all forward-looking IT organizations think about managing their transformation to the digital services era during the coming year.

IDC Predictions for Cloud Computing

More than 65 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to open hybrid cloud technologies before 2016 -- vastly driving the rate and pace of change in IT organizations.

By 2017, 20 percent of enterprises will see enough value in community-driven open source standards and frameworks to adopt them strategically.

By 2017, 25 percent of IT organizations will formally support a consumer tier, to allow workers to develop their own personal automation.

By 2017, IT buyers will actively channel 20 percent of their IT budgets through vertical industry clouds to enable flexible collaboration, information sharing, and commerce.

By 2016, more than 50 percent of enterprise IT organizations building hybrid clouds will purchase new or updated workload-aware cloud management solutions.

60 percent of Software-as a-Service (SaaS) applications will leverage new function-driven, micro-priced Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities by 2018, adding innovation to a commodity service.

By 2015, 65 percent of the selection criteria for enterprise cloud workloads in global IT markets will be shaped by efforts to comply with data privacy legislation.

75 percent of IaaS provider offerings will be redesigned, re-branded, or totally phased out in the next 12-24 months.

By 2016, there will be an 11 percent shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, towards various versions of cloud as a new delivery model.

By 2017, 35 percent of new applications will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and DevOps lifecycles for faster rollout of new features and digital business innovation.

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