Now that 2016 is coming to an end, business analysts are starting to share their outlook on how they think the cloud computing industry will shape up in 2017. Here are some of the trends business owners in Victorville and around the High Desert can expect in the near future:
Though it may seem as if AI technology has not been fully incorporated into the enterprise world, the reality is that many AI projects related to business are being polished before they progress from their alpha and beta stages. One particular AI development ready for enterprise clients in 2017 will be smart CRM systems that enable marketing and cross-selling. One example would be a mortgage borrower who has installed a personal banking application on his or her smartphone; a smart CRM notification to take advantage of refinancing opportunities could be activated when the borrower walks past a branch location of the bank.
Enterprise Computing Without Servers
The client/server architecture of business computing dominated the enterprise world throughout the 20th century; this eventually changed with the advent of cloud computing. Many analysts believe that 2017 will be the first year of serverless computing, a future paradigm that does not actually mean that servers will one day go away. Serverless computing is what developers are calling platforms such as Google Kubernets and Amazon Lambda; massive cloud services that offer everything from infrastructure to code libraries that programmers can tap to create solutions on the fly.
Advanced Real-Time Collaboration
Unified communications will continue to improve in 2017 in terms of collaboration. What business social networks such as Slack and Microsoft Teams have proven is that chat-based collaboration is what the 21st century worker feel most comfortable with. Collaboration tools are already built into unified communications suites, which are powered by VoIP, but these applications will continue to be augmented with machine learning.
Hardware and Platform as a Service
The most interesting IT development of the next few years will involve very little hardware. The days of having to inject substantial capital into computing equipment for the office are truly over; the future belongs to personal computing devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. In a paperless office with a “bring your own device” policy, hardware items will be limited to VoIP headsets and internet routers.