Managed Cloud Applications: Generational Shift & Big Data are Inspiring Change
Yes, the initial appeal of the cloud for housing applications was cost savings: less hardware, less administration, only buy what you need and scale up and down as appropriate—that’s now changing. CIOs and IT managers are, of course, looking for cost savings, but that’s just part of the value equation. They now view managed applications as a way to help increase business agility and responsiveness, while safeguarding critical business data and enabling the workforce which leverages it.
The generational shift
According to a study by the Pew Research Centre, millennials represents the largest generation – currently 53.5 million – in the US workforce today. The work environment and technology they need to be successful and efficient has become quite different from what many organizations have traditionally provided for employees. Open offices, flex hours, and the freedom to work from anywhere are just a few ways in which the millennial mindset is changing the future of work.
Millennials were the first generation to embrace new technologies such as social media, mobile apps and smartphones– making them an authority in the digital space. As true digital natives, they want to have the latest technology at their fingertips, and as a result are some of the biggest proponents driving the adoption of new technologies in the workplace. Millennials are accustomed to exploiting technology as a utility, available anytime, anywhere and customizable to their needs. Having grown up with the cloud, they are less interested in physically owning an IT facility filled with equipment that is outdated. As a result, the rise of the millennials will dramatically enhance the role that managed applications play.
The big data challenge
There’s no doubt about it – data is exploding in the enterprise. Gartner predicts that enterprise data will grow 650 percent by 2020, and IDC argues that the world's information now doubles about every two years. As businesses look for new ways to benefit from the huge amount of data that is now available to them, their applications become more essential, and an organization’s ability to leverage that data will become imperative; a larger challenge when critical data experts are encumbered by the administration, maintenance and management of these applications. The elasticity of the cloud makes it ideal for vast increases in data stores. And as more and more data moves to the cloud, applications are sure to follow.
It’s clear that managed applications will become more prevalent as the millennial generation takes the reins of IT in the workplace and the challenges of managing Big Data become more evident. Are managed apps in your future?