The fast-paced cloud industry is experiencing developments at a very faster rate that it can be very hard to predict and maddening to follow. Big-picture trends are already developing rapidly in the cloud industry and will characterize and influence the market for 2020. There are big-picture trends that are going to characterize the market this year are already coming into focus despite the fact that the vendors that drive them and the technologies that ultimately enable them seem to be constantly in flux and very vulnerable to any disruption. Most of these trends are stemming from the cloud industry entering a phase of standardization as well as increased compatibility, which is a clear indication of maturity in every tech sector.
Here are some of the top emerging trends that will shape the cloud computing industry in 2020 and beyond:
Multi-cloud becomes Omni-cloud
It became banal in 2019 to say that we are moving into a multi-cloud world as various enterprises began to deploy workloads routinely across multiple infrastructure-as-a-Service providers. However, as the applications become more portable, vendors form cross-platform alliances, data integration platforms streamline connectivity, and compute cycles become easier to produce in real time, that multi-cloud trend is likely to start looking more or less like an omni-cloud one in the next few months or in the near future.
The largest enterprises may soon become customers of all other hyperscalers and some other niche providers in order to boot. This could allow them to take advantage of the increasingly differenciated services as well as specific deals and to avoid lock-in.
All SaaS becomes intelligent SaaS
Every IT Ops, Software-as-a-Service, BI product and analytics is now being fused, in many ways and to variable degrees, with machine learning. Apart from the obvious advantages artificial intelligent delivers in insight and automation, the term is a very huge selling point, and it also never damages to throw into the product pitch.
Besides, from a chatbot to an interpretation engine and to predictive analytics, Al could easily find its way into every cloud-software product. And some machine-learning based features are very useful. Actually, by the end of 2020, most products will be billed as intelligent.
Focus is shifting to App delivery
There is likelihood that competition will be moving up the stack and focus mainly on improving application delivery. More open source projects are going to emerge to support app development and delivery practices and delivering services thereby facilitating the deployment and package of applications.
As Software-as-a-Service continues to thrive, more specialized platforms are rapidly emerging to manage operations, migrations, and spend of those cloud-based applications. In order to keep up with this development, SaaSOps is now increasingly becoming recognized and established as the new role for specialized Information Technology experts, usually in concert with the products from the emerging crop of the Cloud Access Security Brokers.
There are vendors that are already enabling comprehensive management of the solution suites. SaaSOps is now nebulous, but can apply to license management, security, spend management, mitigation/discovery of shadow IT, and off-boarding/on-boarding management across business areas and platforms responsible for their own apps.