Oracle’s top 10 predictions for cloud in 2019 and beyond

Cloud Predictions for 2019 and beyond

By now it is clear that cloud adoption shows no sign of abating, in fact, many businesses are moving towards infrastructures that are entirely cloud-based. Most businesses use more than one public cloud for infrastructure as a service or backup as a service, alongside multiple software as a service applications. Oracle has evaluated the cloud market and has made some informed predictions from now until 2025. Are you focusing your efforts in the right places? Read on to see if your strategy is aligned.

1.Next generation clouds will allow businesses to move 100% of their data centres to the cloud

First generation clouds were built for efficiency and economies of scale, without the reliability and security that mission critical applications demand. Next generation clouds are built with complexity and security in mind, designed to support AI and data analytics applications, IoT environments, and emerging technologies like blockchain. Customers are feeling confident enough to start moving their highly performing, high risk, most valued operations to the cloud.

2. 80% of all enterprise workloads will move to the cloud

Enterprise customers will continue to adopt different cloud services, from multiple cloud vendors, mixing public and private, managed and self-service and migrating data and applications from across the enterprise until 80% of all workloads are run in the cloud. This will include mission critical workloads, as confidence in the cloud grows.

3. All applications will incorporate AI, further distancing themselves from legacy applications.

As data volumes gathered grow at pace, application developers are utilising AI more and more to make sense of these vast data volumes. AI is being used in many different ways, to do more, faster, differently and Oracle believes that application vendors will build capabilities into every new application by 2025.

4. AI and emerging technologies will double our productivity

The reason Oracle believes AI will be incorporated in every new application is because it can significantly increase productivity. By processing and learning from massive amounts of data, automating activities and workflows and freeing up resources to focus human effort where it really counts, businesses that adopt AI and emerging technologies could double their productivity.

5. 85% of customer interactions will be automated

Automation doesn’t just drive efficiencies it can improve the customer journey and customer service. AI enabled chatbots and voice assistants will continue to improve, learning context and intent and leading to even better customer service. Businesses will use AI-driven analytics to understand customer needs, serving these with automated, humanised digital services.

6. The developer community will expand 10x and productivity will increase by 400%

As application development techniques become less about coding and more visual and user friendly and demand for new applications continues to increase, there may be a rise in the number of non-professional developers in the marketplace. This increased pool of developers will be able to use new intelligent tools and platforms that allow them to build, test and deploy applications quickly, making them more efficient and productive.

7. More than 50% of data will be managed autonomously

Patching, updating and upgrading applications is a set of necessary but time -consuming activities and ripe for automation, if businesses are going to free up time. Autonomous, or self-healing applications can be brought online faster, cheaper and without specialist skills and knowledge. This is a predicted to be a big growth area.

8. 90% of enterprises will use a single identity platform that bridges premises and the cloud

The use of identity and access management technologies that can cross hybrid clouds and provide a unified identity that spans all applications and services is just starting to take off, but user expectations, demands on the business for real time provisioning and de-provisioning coupled with data privacy regulations will mean that single platform vendor solutions will be hotly in demand.

9. The number of security events will increase 100x and automation will become the most reliable way of preventing, detecting and mitigating threats.

Security events are increasing in volume and type and businesses are looking at automation solutions in order to analyse and prioritise these in order to protect against them in the future. It is likely that cybercriminals will deploy AI-enabled malicious traffic which is hard to identify. The logical response is to use AI enabled security solutions that analyse vast amounts of security event data to defend against these threats, from core to edge.

10. 70% of IT functions will be completely automated

The routine, repetitive functions undertaken by the IT department are the perfect type of task to be automated. Patching, tuning, deploying new services, adding more capacity, all of these jobs can be automated successfully to improve reliability, availability, scalability and allow businesses to meet application SLAs to the business. If 70% of these tasks are automated, the resources freed up can be dedicated to transformation and innovation projects that will truly set businesses apart from the competition.