While cloud computing has become one of the biggest IT trends of recent years, we might be hearing a lot less about it in the future, as a new survey has found many people believe the term will become obsolete as early as 2025.
This does not mean that we're set for a return to the days of on-premises IT, however. Instead, respondents to the poll, which was conducted by Citrix, thought that in the coming years, cloud will become so ubiquitous and embedded in everyday ways of working that it will no longer need its own terminology.
Another reason for the term 'cloud' potentially falling out of use may be down to a new generation of employees entering the workforce, for whom cloud services are already such an important part of their lives they don't differentiate between it and other technologies.
A separate survey by Citrix of young people aged between 12 and 15, who will start entering the workforce in the early 2020s, found that while 83 per cent recognise that 'cloud' describes where they store their photos and music, around 30 per cent don't really know what the term means in isolation.
Among the IT decision-makers quizzed for the research, almost nine out of ten agree than cloud is extremely or quite important to their organisations, with this rising to 93 per cent among large firms with turnovers of more than £500 million a year.
The biggest drivers named for moving to the cloud are improved productivity, lower costs, better security, and improved performance. The cloud is also cited as being an integral part of digital transformation agendas.
However, it seems many companies still have work to do in order to reap the full benefits of the cloud. Only 37 per cent of IT leaders describe their cloud strategy as fully detailed and aligned to business objectives, whilst 46 per cent stated that while they have a cloud strategy in place, it isn’t very detailed. One in six IT decision-makers at sizeable companies have no cloud plan of any sort in place yet.