More than $1trn in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, research analyst Gartner predicts.
This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age. As a result, Gartner says those responsible for IT in organisations must adjust digital strategies accordingly.
“Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world,” said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. “The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and “born in the cloud” providers.
“Cloud shift is not just about cloud. As organisations pursue a new IT architecture and operating philosophy, they become prepared for new opportunities in digital business, including next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things. Furthermore, organisations embracing dynamic, cloud-based operating models position themselves better for cost optimisation and increased competitiveness.”
This handy graphic from Gartner highlights how it sees the shift from traditional IT spending to cloud:
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