In IT the future is cloudy but these are not the black clouds of doom and gloom that you might expect me too talk about. They are more white and wispy with a few small patches of grey. Changes in the IT industry have often been quite big but this latest change is bigger than anything that has come before it. Forget 8 bit to 16 bit, forget 16 to 32 bit and certainly forget 32 to 64 bit because you no longer really need to know anything about the underlying physical infrastructure.

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The future is software as a service. The future is apps running on a platform that you do not have to maintain also known as PaaS or Platform as a Service. The future is the cloud and with the billions being invested by Amazon, Google and Microsoft there is no longer anyway to go back.

The future is the cloud and you need to seriously consider your choices as the cloud is about to pass the point of no return. Those that have been using cloud services like AWS, Azure and Office 365 have had first mover advantage for approx. 5 years. They may have had teething problems to start with but I can assure you these platforms are very robust. The little bit of grey I mentioned as always are lawyers and the law, trying to catch up with technology that moves faster than the legal system can keep pace with. Where is your data held? What rights do foreign governments have over your data if it is held by a company registered in their jurisdiction?

When it comes to how you implement your IT infrastructure the future is cloudy and you need to make sure that your team have the expertise in this new wave of IT. You will most likely start by using a hybrid approach which means you join your internal systems to those in the public cloud. When you realise that you can further reduce your costs on electricity, air conditioning for on premise systems and maintenance you may feel that it is time to move entirely to the cloud. Want to move to the cloud? Start here for a primer. The future is indeed bright and the future is certainly cloudy.