2021 will bring more demand, more partnerships, more industry innovation to cloud

Certain uncertainty will accelerate cloud adoption in 2021

Despite living with the COVID-19 pandemic for most of 2020, so much remains uncertain. The timing and impact of a vaccine, whether or not there is additional government stimulus, and the changing economic environment will all have a profound impact on what occurs in 2021, and those are just the factors we know about. This uncertainty is reflected in TBR’s survey of 200 IT decision makers. When asked when they expect the business impacts of COVID-19 will subside, 78% of respondents expect the effects to subside sometime in 2021, but the responses diverge in terms of which quarter of 2021.

As a result of this continued uncertainty, flexibility in business operations and the IT resources that support them is more valuable than ever. Cloud was sought out based on necessity during the initial outbreak of COVID-19, but that behavior will persist in 2021 for two main reasons: flexibility and innovation. The ability to shift resources, enable more remote work, and scale cloud services up and down as needed are value propositions that resonate especially well in the current environment. Innovation is a broad concept and can cross analytics, integration and security realms. More generally, customers see value in the ongoing investments their cloud providers are making and in their ability to seamlessly access those enhancements. For these reasons, customers expect to accelerate their cloud adoption in 2021, regardless of exactly when the effects of COVID-19 subside. They may not know exactly what the business climate will hold, but they understand the flexibility and innovation that come with cloud-delivered solutions will play a role in helping them weather 2021.

2021 Cloud Predictions

  • Industry clouds become the norm
  • Partnership models support cloud demand in new era
  • Containers will challenge the legacy virtualization model

Technology Business Research 2021 Predictions is a special series examining market trends and business changes in key markets. Covered segments include cloud & software, telecom, devices & commercial IoT, data center, and services & digital.

2021 will bring more demand, more partnerships and more industry innovation to cloud

Join TBR’s Cloud & Software team, Allan Krans, Nicki Catchpole, Evan Woollacott and Catie Merrill, for an exclusive review of our predictions for cloud in 2021, including the lingering impact of COVID-19 on vendors and customers and how they will handle challenges in the coming year. The team will also discuss how cloud demand will not only remain elevated but also take different forms as vendors offer more industry customization and hybrid capabilities.

Don’t miss:

  • How uncertainty will accelerate cloud adoption in 2021
  • How industry clouds will become the norm
  • How partnership models will support accelerated cloud demand
  • How containers will challenge the traditional virtualization model

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In its third annual blockchain summit, EY calls this ‘Year 0’ for blockchain

EY lays out its digital blueprint as ‘now, next and beyond’ with blockchain use cases easily fitting into the construct

This fundamental playbook repeated in many of the use cases discussed in breakout sessions at EY Global Blockchain Summit:

  • Early efforts focus on cross-collaborative business entities establishing business rules.
  • The rules become the digital contracts.
  • The first use case is either low-dollar-value or intracompany; the sponsoring enterprise working with EY becomes “customer zero.”
  • Once fully operationalized, EY and the client partner look for ways to enroll additional participants to:
    • Broaden the use case into an industry utility
    • Extend the underpinning business logic into adjacent industries for the repeatable capability to build out industry utilities

Gaming: The editors for the EY-Microsoft playbook

Much of the content shared at the 2018 event revolved around EY’s ongoing collaboration with Microsoft to deliver a blockchain royalty payment system to track developer community activities in the gaming space. This year, EY and Microsoft touted the collaboration on many different levels that easily fit into the “now, next and beyond” construct.

EY Tesseract: A clear view not to be confused with a short distance

The Tesseract-like aspirational objective is autonomous vehicles; period. To achieve the objective requires prototyping the IoT sensoring and business rules ahead of when specific technologies and revised public policy regulations have been hardened. Interim steps revolve around building out the ecosystem participants required to allow autonomous vehicles to be serviced absent human accompaniment as the vehicles course through the physical world based on their digital instructions.

The third annual EY Global Blockchain Summit gave an indication of the rapid acceleration in adoption that had EY describing this as “Year 0.” With hockey stick charts for the number of proof of concepts (POCs) and live applications, blockchain appears poised to deliver on its anticipated promises to transform business interactions and greatly reduce operating expenses while creating new business services networks. The event was held at 32 Old Slip in the heart of New York’s financial district with several hundred attendees and 28 breakout sessions organized in four tracks consisting of blockchain business applications (where TBR spent most of its time); blockchain assurance, tax & compliance implications; financial services and the token economy (where TBR attended a session on decentralized finance); and blockchain technology.