It has been seen that cloud computing will continue taking the limelight even in the next 5 years. The conclusion was drawn after this said accounting software made it to the top 10 predictions for the IT industry. This was performed by the research body, Gartner.

By the end of 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will be storing their data and information in the cloud. This is a huge increase from the more than twenty percent who are already using the technology today.

However, there have been mixed reactions on this subject. According to Jignesh Shah, Vice President for Business Infrastructure Solutions of Software AG:

“In markets like North America it already accounts for 20 to 25 per cent (of IT data storage). Also, it is important to keep in mind that when talking about applications, it is not just to do with big chunky applications like Oracle, but a whole plethora of specialised apps.

“If you look at the entirety of Cloud computing infrastructure today, SaaS is the only layer that is really making money. And the margin is growing, both from an enterprise (consumer) and vendor point of view.”

Furthermore, he said that it will be difficult for companies to fully utilize cloud computing.

On the other hand, Andrew Bearsley of HP Application LifeCycle Management said:

“I look at things from an applications and transformational perspective, and the reason I strongly disagree with any suggestion that by 2016 over 50 per cent of all ISVs will be pure SaaS providers is, quite simply, the word ‘pure’.”

Today, many companies are already utilizing this cloud-based solution but are combining this with the traditional physical equipment in the office.

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