Large corporations are spending more on Cloud IT infrastructure than ever before as they shun traditional methods and outdated silos to reduce administrative overheads and drive growth and profits. New data shows that the Cloud will account for a third of expenditure on IT infrastructure in 2015 with Western Europe leading the charge towards IaaS and SaaS solutions from providers such as Oracle and IBM.
Tech giant Nokia announced last week that is has now entered into partnerships with Microsoft, HP and Telefonica to improve the agility and scalability of its IT operations. Many other SMEs and leading businesses are also ditching legacy tech to embrace new strategies, which will enable them to incorporate business-wide collaboration, improve software development, reduce their time to market and optimise service delivery methods. Nokia's partnerships also highlight the importance of outsourcing in an effective IT architecture strategy.
IDC Research Manager, Kuba Stolarski explains: “As the market evolves into deploying 3rd Platform solutions and developing next-gen software, organisations of all types and sizes will discover that traditional approaches to IT management will increasingly fall short of the simplicity, flexibility, and extensibility requirements that form the core of Cloud solutions.”
Nokia noted in its statement about the investment that it would be of most benefit to its employees. This is where firms are really benefitting from Cloud solutions as they are providing the workforce with the business knowledge they require to become vital cogs in the processes that can give them an edge over their competitors. The Cloud can ensure that the IT department becomes a trusted service provider and is central to important decisions that affect the business and create revenue-making opportunities.
House of Fraser also signed an IT infrastructure deal with services firm Infosys in April as it prepares to adopt “new and advanced technologies”, such as Cloud and digital, to collaborate across the enterprise. Social networking, groupware and enterprise portals are new and flexible methods that are enabling team members to share important data, communicate and create collective intelligence from anywhere with any device. This also lends itself to centralising and consolidating technology resources, which is another important aspect of IT architecture – as the Cloud streamlines servers, IT personnel, file storage and directory services.
The Cloud can transform a firm's IT architecture – so it is no surprise that spending is set to surge to $52 billion in 2019, when it will account for almost half of infrastructure spend.
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