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How Cloud Technology Will Evolve In 2016

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Cloud technology is huge. It's both the present and the future. Like anything with a future, it's continuing to evolve every single year. There are now more cloud contact centers than ever before. If you have anything to do with the cloud, you need to be aware of the changes that are hitting the industry.

In this guide, you are going to learn about some of the main trends that are forcing cloud technology to evolve over the coming year.

The Race is On for Data

This hybrid cloud world has sparked something of an arms race. Studies say that we tend to use more than one cloud at the same time. And that means that companies are going to be doing their best to get your data. Whether it's Amazon or Salesforce, the major cloud players are all competing to get your data.

Data is an asset to companies because they have all the information they need to sell their other services. In many ways, the grabbing of data for companies is like the grabbing of oil for countries. Every cloud service provider is going to aggressively grab your data.

In many ways, the cloud could evolve in a way that brings you closer to these big companies.

Cloud is Going Big

Cloud adoption used to be all about what startups were doing. They were the first ones to adopt it. Like with all new trends, the tipping point happens when the big companies pick it up. And 2016 is set to be the year where the cloud evolves into something bigger and better than ever before.

Crucially, the cloud is going to have to evolve to match the needs of manufacturing companies and oil firms, as well as every other traditional organization.

Cloud Will Help IT

IT leaders are always going to keep tabs on how much it costs to deploy the cloud. But this need will force them into combining the cloud with other analytics solutions. Since the main benefit of the cloud is reducing cost and using resources more efficiently, companies need to confirm that they are actually getting those benefits.

The cloud is no longer going to be something that acts in isolation. It's something that will be combined with other tools in order to make the most of it. Integrated cloud systems are likely to become more of a thing in the next few years, since that's what the market demands.

Moving Data Around is Becoming Easier

One of the most annoying things about the cloud is the fact that there's sometimes a long wait to actually move data. Cloud providers realize that this is one of the biggest sources of annoyance for users. And so they are acting through making moving data around easy.

They are going to make the cloud a tool that allows you to essentially copy and paste data. Not only is this a push to make it faster it's a push to make things simpler.

Since the industry is becoming more competitive, this is an essential change. Big name providers are going to have to go above and beyond to win customers. The company making the cloud as simple and as convenient as possible will claim the greatest rewards.

It Will Become the 'In' Thing

Due to the fact that the cloud is reaching its natural tipping point, it will no longer become a trend. It will become something that every company will absolutely have to have. The easiest way to look at this is through imagining it in the same vein as the latest version of Windows.

Windows XP is rarely seen, and only companies living in the past still have it. The vast majority of companies using Windows are on version 7 or above. This is the way traditional IT storage systems will go. The cloud is Windows 7 and up.

What Do You Think the Future Holds?

It's clear that the cloud is constantly evolving. There's no doubt that it will continue to evolve every single year, but there are some areas that are unpredictable. We all know that it's going to get more convenient to use and cheaper, but beyond that one can only speculate.

With all this in mind, what do you think the big changes are going to be regarding the evolution of the cloud?