Late last year I attended the AWS re: Invent conference, Amazon’s first global conference dedicated to all things cloud. The conference itself was spectacular, hosting an array of impressive sponsors and an enviable lineup of speakers. Throughout the various sessions, one theme was prevalent: cloud computing is fundamentally changing the landscape of enterprise technology- eradicating “the old-guard mentality” that opposes change, faster than ever before.
As the enterprise continues to adopt cloud computing at a quicker-than-anticipated rate, a new era for enterprise development is ushered in. Historically, developers who wanted to launch a global application had much to consider. Substantial infrastructure needed to be implemented to ensure failover and high-availability and a certain element of predictability needed to be applied to cater for scale. This is no longer the case. Today application developers can write their software using languages like Python or PHP in a few months and deploy in a massively scaled environment in a matter of hours.
This shift to more user-centric technology in the enterprise has been difficult for “old-school” developers to adapt to. It’s always interesting to speak to the new generation of app developers and hear how easily they grasp terms like “compute” without the need for further clarification. While this is often the case for the “new kid on the block” it is not necessarily true for the seasoned but disconnected industry veteran, who may often dismiss cloud computing technology out of simple frustration.
Like any new technology (think Apple OS X), there will be a natural resistance towards cloud computing and the many services it can provide. However, those who have decided to become early adopters have learned quickly that cloud computing can enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of resources with minimal management effort- a huge plus for users seeking real-time and efficient collaboration.
Giant software organizations will continue to be challenged as red tape prevents them from being as agile as smaller newcomers and CIOs will ultimately succumb to the will users who demand a more efficient means of productivity in the workplace. While cloud has been around for a number of years, like Moore’s law, its pace of adoption will continue to rapidly increase.
The future of cloud computing is here. With cloud connectors like DataNow, IT teams will be able to shift backend storage to the cloud without disrupting user workflow. Exciting times for the increasingly mobile enterprise!