What’s ahead for cloud computing?

Cloud computing is here and is not going away anytime soon. Forbes contributor Raj Sabhlok recently predicted what will define hosted environments in 2013, including the advantages of cloud-based ERP, cloud-based CRM and other applications.

According to the writer, businesses in 2013 should embrace change next year and adopt newer technologies. One of the issues with this approach is that research has shown that nearly 80 percent of IT budgets are geared toward managing older IT systems.

“By moving pedestrian technologies like ERP, CRM, help desk and even PBX’s to the cloud, IT will be given a reprieve and finally be free to focus on higher value activities,” Sabhlok wrote.

Instead of forcing employees to work the normal nine to five, more businesses will embrace the cloud’s accessibility in 2013, allowing staff members to work whenever they can, according to Sabhlok. Now, managers no longer have to worry about projects not getting done because of the new productivity capabilities. The cloud also allows organizations to have more remote workers, thus saving on real estate costs.

There are a number of cloud deployment options, including public, private and hybrid models, but the technology will become an “integral part of IT” beginning next year, according to Sabhlok. Enterprises in particular are expected to implement more private-based clouds in 2013.

2013 considered important year for cloud computing

Other industry professionals have suggested that 2013 will be a crucial time for the evolution of the cloud. Computerworld’s Chris Kanaracus recently indicated that more cloud-based ERP applications will be available next year as service providers jockey for position in the burgeoning market.

“With no shortage of choices now and upcoming for cloud ERP, the real question seems to be whether customers will vote en masse with their wallets,” Kanaracus suggested.

The overall comfort of using cloud technologies is also expected to grow next year, according to the writer.

Cloud computing has taken the IT industry by storm, allowing companies of all sizes to benefit from hosted environments. Instead of forcing workers to complete important tasks at the office, firms with cloud-based systems can allow personnel to access corporate files anywhere with an internet connection. Organizations looking for ways to lower operating costs, improve productivity and replace outdated systems in 2013 should strongly consider migrating to the cloud.