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Trend Tuesday: Cloud Predictions for 2018

Though many think the rise of cloud is a forgone conclusion, there is still tremendous room for growth especially as we head into 2018. Here are some of the top predictions we found combing the web for cloud predictions in the New Year.

Prediction #1: Hybrid Cloud Continues to Accelerate

Mixing and matching cloud services continues to be an interest of organizations in 2018 as they migrate on-premises workloads into the cloud. Many will continue to migrate in efforts to save money and boost organizational agility – CRN

Prediction #2: Data Protection Matters More Than Ever

After the credit breach fiasco of 2017 and the many other data breaches before that, consumers are fed up with organizations unable to keep their information secure. In 2018, the activation of Europe’s General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) promises to be the start of holding organizations accountable for user privacy and security failings. Here is hoping that the fear for strict fines will lead to more mindfulness – Datamation

Prediction #3: Big Data and Cloud Intermingle

Organizations now have access to exabytes of data, which results in greater business possibilities. The cloud supports these possibilities through data lakes, or governed repositories to take in data. A recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently found that most big data is also bad, so we expect organizations to watch how much intermingling is happening – Network World

Prediction #4: Healthcare Continues to Move into the Cloud

Provider organizations continue to learn about the benefits of the cloud and how digital transformation partners with healthcare around storage, artificial intelligence, and patient care. With lower costs and greater agility, organizations are also moving to the cloud to address continued political upheaval and changing patient interests and lifestyles – Healthcare IT News

Prediction #5: Industry Specific Clouds Gain Popularity

With different industries signing up for cloud services, there is no surprise that industry specific cloud solutions are gaining popularity. Since industries conform to different security, regulatory, and customer demands, the development of specific features is a reasonable expectation – Enterprise Innovation

What do you think? Are there any cloud predictions that you believe will materialize in 2018? Share them with us in the comments section below and reach out to us at if cloud implementation stands to be a part of your 2018 plans.

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Albert Qian

Albert Qian is a Marketing Manager at Perficient for our IBM PCS, DevOps, and Enterprise Solutions Partners focused on cloud computing technologies.

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