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The Decade Ahead: Cloud Revolution

The single most important technology change of our time is happening around the cloud. Entire industries are being changed or made obsolete. The world as we know it is changing fast.

Examples of what has changed:

  • Paper-based maps and manual navigation have been replaced with cloud-based maps and GPS systems.
  • Photography has shifted from film-based to digital, with processing and often photo albums primarily cloud-based.
  • Books are moving from paper-based to electronic paper or digital, with cloud-based ordering and digital library functions.
  • Email systems are transitioning from on-premises to cloud-based solutions.
  • Print media and advertising have largely gone online.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) systems have moved online.

And examples of what is likely:

  • Enterprise telephony will shift from on-premises PBX to cloud-based VoIP solutions.
  • Home-based landlines will be replaced by mobile phones.
  • Backup and recovery systems will move to the cloud.
  • Systems management will move to the cloud.
  • Archiving and compliance will move to the cloud.
  • E-discovery solutions will move to the cloud.
  • Systems with heavy processing requirements will shift to elastic compute technologies.
  • File storage will move from local computer-based or external hard drive-based to primarily cloud-based.
  • What remains of fax will disappear.
  • Human-operator-based conference call bridges will go away.
  • Translation services will be mainly automated and go online.
  • Paper-based billing will be completely replaced by online.

In each case, the primary technologies and delivery mechanisms will move to the cloud. On-premises solutions will become the exception, not the norm.

As you navigate town with your GPS, BlackBerry by your side, with your new Kindle reading your ebooks to you via text-to-speech as you drive, we suggest you reflect on this. The shift towards the cloud is compelling, and in some ways, irresistible. ... David Sengupta


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Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
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  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

We've been in business since 1990-longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares many decades of experience in our core competencies.

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from, where they're going, and their value.

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