2016 is coming to an end and our customers are asking us where is the future of cloud going and what benefits are they likely to see over the coming years. Over the last 5 years UK businesses adopting cloud computing has risen over 70%. We are urging our customers to put measures into place now that will ease the inevitable transition of more than 50% of their business process within the next 3 years. Whilst infrastructure is disappearing out of the head office, staff training, geographical restructuring and mobile computing methodologies need to be upgraded!!

So what are the 6 emerging cloud trends predicted for 2017 and beyond?

VDI and DaaS will contribute to flexible work culture
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes are on the rise with a large number of companies looking to optimise their IT costs and admin time. Through increased use of VDI and DaaS, employees can work remotely from home or any other location with an internet connection, allowing them the benefit of being able to work more flexibly. Over the next 12-18 months we could see BYOD schemes becoming standard practice amongst a range of sectors, with greater security measures also being developed to compensate for the higher risks. To keep up, it’s important that your customers are ready for this change, so moving them to using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions now can help to get them ready for the future.

Data will become more manageable for SMEs
Access to and management of large volumes of data have not always been accessible for SMEs and medium-sized businesses without a high budget. However, this is changing, and we are seeing the growth of cloud enabling SMEs to crunch huge data sets in a manageable and realistic way. Cloud solutions give scalability to SMEs without large hardware costs to expand and grow. Along with added flexibility and the chance to downsize without significant costs, big data is now more feasible for SMEs.

Improved data privacy
Customers are becoming more aware of data protection and privacy, leaving businesses with the need to guarantee that data is stored and used securely. This additional pressure to ensure data sovereignty combined with complicated UK legislation and the EU’s new DPAs (The EU General Data Protection Regulations), UK businesses looking to invest in cloud can face legal and reputational issues if they cannot meet these requirements. This is another factor that is strongly influencing businesses to work towards outsourcing their IT to an experienced and professional IT provider that will take care of these needs.

Efficient technology use
Technology is progressively having a more prominent role in business – from in-house hardware to marketing using digital platforms. Due to the rise in cloud technology, it is common to see CIOs being freed up to focus on strategic marketing and business goals. Board-level IT representation could be standard within the next few years as companies choose to outsource their IT and allow IT providers to create virtual infrastructures.

Hyperconvergence as a basis for cloud
Within the next few years it is highly likely that hyperconvergence will become the standard platform for cloud. This will provide users with not only cost-savings, but greater working efficiency, speed and flexibility. Virtualisation allows staff members to communicate and work together easily from different locations at their convenience.


Growth of IT providers
IT providers want to give their customers access to cutting-edge and useful services that enable them to work efficiently, securely and provide the best services themselves. The movement towards cloud-based services is leading many businesses to outsource their IT requirements to experienced providers. It’s not always easy for companies to keep on top of the latest technological and IT advances in-house, making it increasingly more likely that more and more businesses will endeavour to outsource this in the future.

With our customers moving towards a greater reliance on cloud-based solutions, it’s vital to be on top of the latest cloud solutions. Systems Assurance Ltd know that sometimes you may not have the specific expertise in-house. If you have a skills gap that you’re looking to fill for a project, Systems Assurance engineers will work on a fixed-term basis to deliver this as a part of your team. You don’t have to get us involved in the whole project, just let our team do what you can’t.