With technology’s rapid evolution comes a frequent need for all organisations (from small businesses to large enterprises) to step back, take a deep breath, and evaluate the way they utilise the latest tech. As business owners move towards 2020, there’s no better time to take stock of the latest trends and ensure that their functioning is up to date.

Just as major changes in 2019 have created a constant need for adaptation and adjustment, 2020 is sure to bring cloud computing trends that will change the way we do business. Tech experts have already had a go at predicting these trends—a handful of the most important predictions have been listed below.

 

1. More employees will work remotely.

With the growing popularity of cloud computing have come further opportunities for companies to implement options for remote work. As new employees entering the workforce prioritise their concerns regarding work/life balance, more companies have adopted protocols allowing for the completion of some work at home or, well, anywhere else.

In order for businesses to remain competitive as they seek out the best talent in the field and strive to retain their existing staff, they’ll need to begin considering how cloud computing can be used to create opportunities for remote work options.

 

2. Office 365/Azure will see even more growth.

Microsoft has provided significant contributions to cloud-based technology by offering popular services such as Office 365 and Azure. In 2020, more and more businesses will begin to utilise these sets of applications and services together for the best in business management and productivity.

Actually, some have gone so far as to say that Azure can be considered an extension of Office 365. Because Azure is an infrastructure rather than a set of SaaS applications (like Office 365), utilising it with Office 365 allows for both added flexibility and customisation for businesses’ IT developers.

 

3. Changing trends will result in a need for cybersecurity adjustment.

With any transfer to cloud-based services comes a need for optimised security measures to prevent the loss or theft of sensitive data. This need for security is nothing new, but cybersecurity strategies will continually become more important as they adapt to future needs.

AI security, for example, will likely see more time in the spotlight during the next year as a result of an increasing risk of cyberattacks utilising AI models to infiltrate systems and steal sensitive data.

 

4. Businesses will be more mobile than ever before.

Ireland loves its smartphones. At least 90% of the Irish population has smartphone access—this number is greater than the European average! As the general population’s obsession with mobile access grows, so do opportunities for businesses of all sizes to function flexibly on a mobile basis.

In fact, it’s not too bold to predict that mobile will become the new default for businesses in 2020. With increased collaborative abilities afforded by the cloud, functional devices that are lighter and faster than ever before, and the development of mobile apps for a broad variety of business functions, it’s likely that mobile business operations will become the new standard.

 

5. The popularity of serverless computing will continue to rise.

Business owners who have been using the cloud for some time likely remember the days when renting a specific and predetermined amount of server space was a necessity. In 2020, however, a greater number of businesses will be making the transition to a serverless computing model, in which businesses can “pay as they go” instead of paying for a predetermined amount of space and wasting the overage.

As cloud hosting grows in popularity, so will these more financially efficient serverless computing solutions.

 

6. More companies will utilize the hybrid cloud.

Organisations have more frequently adopted the hybrid cloud concept as a part of their digital infrastructure throughout 2019, particularly as they strive to improve their cybersecurity. With the hybrid cloud, businesses can take advantage of both the public and private cloud, separating their data and functionality between the two as they see fit.

Better yet, these two cloud structures can integrate with one another to create safer and more flexible solutions.

 

Whether or not these predictions of cloud computing trends 2020 come true, business owners can be certain of one thing—change is coming, and they’ll need to be ready.