Archived report. Cloud computing remains a hot topic in the ICT industry, and BuddeComm fully agrees with the view that it has a great future.
However it will still be a fairly long time before it becomes as commonplace as its advocates predict. Leading IT researchers are talking about the size of this market in the hundreds of billions of dollars; but the issue is more about timing than size – it may take a decade to fully develop, rather than the few years that some would have us believe.
The development of cloud computing takes the form of a business transition and company strategies and policies will need to be changed before its potential can be monetised by businesses. A key factor here is that organisations will have to lift ICT from the level of an infrastructure issue to that of a business opportunity. Cloud computing will need to be seen as a valuable business tool – one that will differentiate the company from others.
Small-Medium Enterprises are a key market for cloud services; however the IT complexity of enterprise cloud services is becoming realised; Australia will be unique in that it will be among the first countries in the world to have a robust network (NBN) that will provide all the essentials needed for cloud computing; Cloud security is another issue that requires scrutiny.