SAP Predicts How Enterprise Cloud Systems Will Evolve in 2013
Mobile Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream
In 2013, businesses will be hearing about the huge potential of the mobile cloud as smartphones, tablets and the cloud converge to grant workers greater flexibility. Juniper Research in a study found that the number of mobile cloud subscribers is expected to grow rapidly in the next years. The cloud-based mobile market will generate revenue of $9.5 billion in 2014. 2013 will see an ever increasing trend of people working from home, using their own devices. This will demand a more flexible approach from managers, HR and leadership, as well as the tools a company offers its at-home employees.
Cloud systems, mobile devices, ever-growing streams of data and big data storage, workloads and analytics are the sectors that dominate IT at the end of 2012 and as we move into the new year. If you're an enterprise IT company and you don't have a stake in one or more of these markets, you're living in the past. SAP, one of the largest and oldest (established 1976) enterprise software companies in the world, was itself living in the past until a couple of years ago when it started moving into cloud systems. SAP, whose name stands for Systems, Applications and Products (which is about as generic as a company name can get), had an old-school operation that was focused on on-premises, server-housed middleware and business applications. Of course, there are still big markets for those products, but things are changing rapidly. Now SAP, with a new co-CEO in Bill McDermott, is looking at IT business with a new-gen viewpoint. Here are some observations the Germany-headquartered company offered eWEEK for what to expect in cloud computing in 2013.