The information technology (IT) industry is experiencing several changes as a direct result of new solutions and trends like cloud computing and enterprise mobility. Businesses are embracing these two approaches to improve productivity, enhance efficiency and move away from limited IT systems that are not flexible in meeting corporate demands.
A recent report by Gartner suggested that some companies are eager to implement cloud-based mobile applications, to the detriment of security. The research firm expects 40 percent of mobile apps will include cloud back-end services by 2016, resulting in confusion internally regarding the pace of cloud adoption throughout organizations.
Gartner explained that cloud back-end services help with the development of mobile applications and certain code. Gordon Van Huizen, Gartner research director, said these solutions have become a major part of the overall application development landscape.
“As a result, a given organization may begin using them without first developing the requisite understanding of the issues and risks associated with employing cloud services for application infrastructure. What’s needed, then, is something of a crash course in the fundamental concerns of deploying application functionality in the cloud,” Van Huizen said.
Mobile, cloud among top IT innovations
The integration of mobile and cloud solutions is not expected to slow anytime soon, especially as more decision-makers try to set their firms up for continued success. A survey of Fortune 500 CIOs and CTOs by Sierra Ventures found that 32 percent named mobile devices and big data as the top IT innovations impacting their organizations. Another 24 percent said the same about cloud computing.
Tim Guleri, managing director at Sierra Ventures, said business leaders have to always be on the lookout for emerging IT trends while simultaneously trying to manage legacy equipment. When adopting innovative solutions like the cloud, big data, mobile and social technologies, decision-makers should also determine the risks and potential challenges associated with these options.
One of the most effective uses of cloud computing and mobile devices is for disaster recovery purposes. If a business experiences a disruption and must close its office, employees will be hard-pressed to remain productive if the firm relies solely on on-site data backups. Instead, the cloud operates through the internet, allowing staff members unprecedented access to work-related content through their PCs, tablets and smartphones. Executives who want to take their organizations to new heights likely must integrate both the cloud and mobility into their operations.