Do you know what IT will be doing 10 years from now? I can anticipate a few patterns that will remain, but for the most part, we tend to have short attention spans when it comes to technology. Ten years from now I suspect we’ll be focused on a whole new set of technologies and hyped trends, but it’s clear that we’ll do so in the context of the cloud-enabled enterprise.
If you went back in time 10 years, I suspect most CIOs wouldn’t have predicted that cloud computing would make such a profound impact on the enterprise. I sat in many meetings in 2009 and heard “over my dead body,” and “we’ll never run systems outside of our firewalls.” They’ve come a long way from those statements, and many of those early “cloud deniers” were fired or retired, or, better yet, “their thinking evolved.” Now we have about 20 percent to 30 percent of workloads and data migrated to the public cloud.