Today, cloud computing is used for a variety of purposes, including analyzing data, performing backups, and storing information. And as much as the cloud is extremely versatile and offers several advantages for companies, it has not yet reached its maximum maturation point. As in recent years, this technology will continue to undergo drastic transformations until the end of the decade.

And the companies' IT managers, in turn, need to be very attentive to these transformations. If they can't keep up, then they run the risk of not using the cloud in the best way possible and making the business lose important positions in the competitive market of the future. Next, we made a list of the main factors that will shape the 'face' of cloud computing by 2020. Check out what they are:

1. The growth of the 'experience economy'

Before making a purchase decision, consumers will take into account factors such as the experience they had with the company and the value generated by the products or services purchased. And to deliver greater value and a better experience for their customers, companies will need to utilize extremely effective cloud computing services. Otherwise, they will lose consumers and, consequently, revenues.

2. The presence of IoT in corporate environments

In the coming years, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the driving force behind business. And the increasing presence of smart devices in the enterprise environment will require organizations to make greater use of cloud computing. Providers, in turn, will need to deliver higher quality services for companies to take full advantage of the Internet of Things.

3. The shortage of qualified IT professionals

By 2020, most companies' HR departments will struggle to find experienced, skilled IT professionals who know exactly how to make the cloud deliver business value. As a result, organizations will need the support of third-party services or the providers themselves, running the risk of not taking full advantage of cloud resources.

4. The emergence of new providers

Today, anyone looking for a provider is usually 'bombarded' by numerous offers. The fact is that, with each passing year, more providers enter the cloud market. And due to this strong competition, the cost of cloud services is getting cheaper and gaining a higher quality. In the coming years, one of the main factors that companies will have to consider when hiring a provider is their experience in the market.

5. The reduction in the prices of IT components

The 'face' of cloud computing is already expected to change into a hybrid IT solution. And one of the factors that is contributing to the realization of this trend is the reduction in the prices of IT components, which have become lower due to the explosive use of the public cloud in recent years. But before adopting the hybrid cloud, companies should consider the costs of maintaining an on-premises IT infrastructure.

Now that you've seen the factors that will define the future of cloud computing, take the opportunity to write your doubts or opinions about this subject in the comments field!

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