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INTERNET: Top 10 Trends in Enterprise Cloud for 2013


Folia Grace, VP of Product Marketing of SAP Cloud, recently conducted research with analysts and enterprise customers about upcoming trends the cloud. Here’s her conclusion about the top ten trends for 2013. Grace talked with Venture Beat’s Matt Marshall about her research. This is his edited version of her summary.

1. Hybrid cloud growth

About half of all new enterprise IT spending will be on hybrid cloud by 2016, up from 40 percent this year, according to a survey by Saugatuck. Another 39 percent will be on pure-play cloud, up from 11 percent. This trend toward hybrid isn’t new. But what’s really new is the movement by third-party integrators to do these hybrid cloud integrations for customers. Not everything that people want exists in the cloud. There are concerns around security, and outages. More companies are looking at private clouds as part of their mix.

2. Growth of mobile cloud computing

The first generation of mobile apps didn’t work very well, because they were still formatted for laptops and keyboards. The first enterprise apps suffered from the same limitations. Now we have these wonderful capabilities — gesturing, maps, location — and we’re going to take advantage of that. We’re going to build ubiquitously native beautiful apps for the iPad, for the mobile work force. Usage stats on the growth of mobile devices in the enterprise are eye-opening. Everyone has an iPad. And people are working from different locations. When they are at the coffee shop or at home putting kids to bed, they want something easy to use, so they can manage their life easier.

3. Focus on beautiful applications

This continues from the second trend, or the mobile cloud. We think people want the same sort of flexibility and experience that they get on their iPad — the drag and drop — in their enterprise experience. They want it to be very simple, almost like a consumer experience: fun, engaging and interesting. Enterprise companies are going to want to put their own skin on their apps.

4. Arrival of social in all cloud solutions

Social is not new, and business intelligence is not new. But until now, they’ve been disconnected. If you’re looking at your desktop, maybe you have an RSS feed from everyone at the company talking about the new office. But then you’ve got BI in a separate dashboard. They’re separate. Going forward, we’re starting to infuse social in all of our business processes. Social is a part of the business process. There’s social recruiting, social management, social business intelligence. One of the things we noticed is that when you provide more and more dashboards and analytics reports, you don’t change the behavior of people…

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