Cloud computing services are now a critical ingredient for enterprises to deliver better applications with greater flexibility to win, serve, and retain customers. Business leaders and developers have traditionally led the charge, but CIOs are now on board. Case in point? Forrester finds that the market is now in “hypergrowth,” as a growing number of enterprises realize the business value. However, not all segments will see widespread adoption and success in 2015.
In our latest TechRadar™: Cloud Computing, Q4 2014, Forrester maps the life cycle of the 15 most important cloud service categories, finding that:
- Seven cloud computing segments are here to stay. SaaS, integration, SQL database, file sharing, storage-as-a-service, and cloud platforms have arrived as fixtures in customer landscapes. Cloud billing has progressed even further as a “common practice.”
- Desktop-as-a-service and internal private clouds will continue to struggle. Both of these categories have seen light adoption and remain relatively immature. Why? Despite widespread claims to the contrary, private clouds are too difficult to find and build for most enterprises, while desktop services don’t meet configuration needs.