Market experts and observers no longer have any doubts that cloud computing is on the rise. The cloud services market has grown so much in recent years that it now represents a notable percentage of global IT spending. According to Gartner research, more than $1 trillion of IT spending will be directly or indirectly impacted by companies moving to the cloud by 2020 .

This will make cloud computing one of the technologies that has most impacted global IT spending since the dawn of the digital era. This change process, in which companies leave servers and software licenses behind and start using services from cloud providers, is called by the Gartner team 'Shift Cloud' (which means, in Portuguese, 'change to the cloud').

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The inevitable transition to cloud computing

With each passing day, IT managers are becoming more aware that moving to the cloud is critical for any company to remain relevant in today's market. Even technology providers are moving away from just offering hardware and software to offering cloud services as well. This is an inevitable transition that has been going on for a long time and will continue for years to come.

In its study, Gartner reports that the total value of this transition could reach US$111 billion in 2016, and US$216 billion by 2020. It also showed the transitions by market segment. By 2020, the shift to BPaaS (Business Process as a Service) will increase by 43%. Shifts to SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) will increase by 37% and 17%, respectively.

But this increase in transition is no surprise. Over the past few years, Gartner analysts have published a series of reports that show the increasing use of cloud services by organizations of different sizes and sectors. For Ed Anderson, vice president of research at Gartner, "cloud computing strategies are the foundation for a company to remain relevant in a fast-paced world".

The challenges posed by this change

The move to the cloud is inevitably posing challenges for all companies. That's because this transition requires an entirely different business culture than the one adopted years or decades ago when organizations dealt with physical infrastructure. It also requires new skills and competencies within the IT department, as well as more up-to-date approaches to problem solving.

That is, a complete transformation of the IT area is necessary, so that the change from traditional IT to cloud computing occurs properly and the company can take the maximum possible advantage of it. This transformation is also essential for a new 'operation philosophy' to be implemented in the department and the IT team to be able to prepare for the new opportunities that arise in the digital universe.

Ed Anderson also said that the cloud is supporting the creation of a generation of 'born in the cloud' startups. These companies are not being so impacted by the change, since they were born in the cloud and already have a culture based on this technology. Therefore, they do not need to restructure their departments. Those who need to do this are the older companies, which had (or have) a traditional IT infrastructure.

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