5 enterprise cloud strategy trends for 2019

Multi-cloud strategies are increasingly top of mind for innovation-seeking CIOs. Another growing trend: FinOps to manage cloud costs effectively.

5 enterprise cloud strategy trends for 2019
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Cloud computing has become the de facto platform for fueling digital transformations and modernizing IT portfolios. Companies are increasingly finding business agility or cost savings by renting software from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and other services. 

Most enterprises procure cloud services from two or more vendors, a trend that is gaining traction in 2019 as global public cloud spending tops $200 billion, according to Forrester Research. And they have their rivals in mind as they modernize core business apps with analytics, machine learning, IoT, messaging, and database services created in the cloud, says Forrester Research analyst Dave Bartoletti.

“In 2019, cloud computing will be shorthand for the best way to turn disruptive ideas into amazing software — faster,” Bartoletti says. What follows these conversations, Bartoletti says, are discussions on how to move data created in core enterprise apps from the likes of SAP and Oracle into public clouds.

Here CIO.com looks at the key trends shaping cloud adoption this year.

1. A greater emphasis on TCO and ROI

What workloads to migrate to the cloud is an area with which Sandy Carter, vice president of EC2 Windows and enterprise workloads at AWS, is intimately familiar. CIOs often ask her how they go about moving to cloud and how they can modernize apps once they are there, says Carter, who spends a lot of her time advising customers on how to migrate workloads from Microsoft, SAP and IBM into AWSCIOs also ask whether moving to the cloud will cost more or less than operating on-premises environments. “There’s a lot of FUD out there that that movement won’t reduce costs,” Carter says. The answer depends on how CIOs architect their systems, she says, but there are also tools that can help CIOs make critical decisions.

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