“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.

Replaying the cloud adoption numbers

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

How Ford is changing the cloud

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:

  • TMC will provide an ‘urban operating system’ – that will help coordinate the many devices, vehicles, and passengers in smart cities
  • Car makers and app developers will be able to access the TMC, and use the resources to create innovative solutions and services
  • It’s designed to provide the API-centric, cloud-based software development experience that developers and mobile apps prefer

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.

Shifting from private to public

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:

  • “We think public clouds are great because they supports a pay-as-you-use consumption model, offers amazing speed to resources, and lets you add/remove resources when needed”
  • “But we think private cloud are better because they provides the highest levels of security, management visibility, control, and physical data proximity etc.”

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.”

How to overcome known barriers

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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