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Cloud enters Sophomore Year in 2013

George Watt, CA Technologies | Jan. 23, 2014
While I am sure there will be many exciting cloud computing developments in the coming year, perhaps the most exciting one will be that cloud computing will no longer be exciting. As case studies of the benefits of cloud are beginning to surface in even the most conservative and security conscious of domains such as healthcare, government, and accounting, its benefits are certainly becoming much more broadly understood. Thus, cloud itself will not be that exciting. With that as context, here are a few things I expect might happen in 2013:

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." — Derek Bok

Like any sophomore, we in cloud computing have begun to learn from our experience, and from our freshman missteps. And, like most sophomores, we are likely to make a few more mistakes throughout our journey. Though I believe both cloud computing and business consumers' understanding of its value, applicability, and benefits have matured immensely in the past year or two. Conversations have evolved from "if" to "what", "when", and "where," and they will continue on this trajectory in 2013.

George Watt is vice president of corporate strategy at CA Technologies with 25 years of experience in IT infrastructure. Previously, George founded CA Technologies Engineering Services team responsible for protecting the company's intellectual property, managing the consolidated source code repository, and providing automation and development tools. Formerly a CA customer, George joined the company in 1988 as a Systems Engineer and later transitioning into many roles over two decades, including leading R&D field teams in Canada and other technical SWAT Teams.

 

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