“If we don’t act now, we’re going to get left behind!” In how many boardrooms has this been the real driving force behind the adoption of new innovations?
It’s the same in sports. Take goal line technology. The NHL has been a trailblazer in the field by introducing overhead cameras in 1993 – an innovation that’s had a huge impact in determining the outcome of games.
FIFA however, unsure as to what the technology would mean in the long term, was seen to drag their heels – citing the sanctity of referees’ decision-making. Only in 2014 was goal-line tech formally adopted.
This is similar to how businesses are embracing cloud computing, where for example it’s estimated that:
But drill down below these numbers, and it soon becomes apparent that there’s a form of reluctance or sluggishness around cloud adoption. For example, research suggests that only 26% of EU enterprises used cloud computing in 2018 – mostly for email and file storage
The Ford Motor Company might not be the first company you’d associate with helping change the dynamics around cloud computing. But the recent announcement that they’re developing a Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), is certainly game changing:
Ford is effectively creating a colossal public cloud platform. For any companies or consumers wanting to get involved, they’ll need to be fully ‘connected in’ to the system. This runs counter to the trend of keeping ‘mission-critical apps’ (predominantly) in private cloud environments.
The Ford TMC, as well as others that are surely to follow, is helping evolve the cloud discussion inside many businesses. Up to now the debate between public and private cloud has gone something like:
But with the onset of large cloud based ‘operating systems’, the conversation could soon turn to: “if we’re not able to ensure our systems can operate efficiently on a public network we could miss out on huge new opportunities.”
Barriers, of course, remain. These include compatibility (hence the growing interest in microservices to break up monolithic apps), security, data, compliance, and available skill sets.
Plus there’s a growing realization that in many instances, the promised cost savings are not as easy to achieve as first expected.
But cloud – both private and public – will continue to attract large-scale investment. What’s more, for many companies either a public or private cloud is the ideal choice for them today. If not, they can also call on hybrid clouds or the increasingly popular multi-cloud option.
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