Despite the pandemic and many other challenges we’ve faced, technology keeps advancing every day. In fact, digital transformation is accelerating partly due to the health crisis, so more companies and individuals are turning to the cloud. The switch to remote work has pushed cloud sceptics to alter their collaborative strategies rapidly in order to adapt. The evolution of AI and machine learning has pushed cloud adoption even more.
As more people grow accustomed to working on the cloud, more tech companies are coming up with advanced solutions to make cloud environments safer, more efficient, and productive. Old and new methodologies are beginning to change to accommodate cloud collaboration. Business tools now reflect the cloud-based nature of work, both for remote and on-site teams.
In this whirlwind of tech-driven changes, we’re witnessing some cloud-related myths as well as emerging trends. Both are shaping how companies perceive the cloud and what they decide to do with this technology. Here, we’ll discuss a few noteworthy trends in cloud computing that are helping businesses move forward and obtain that competitive advantage.
Culture-centric cloud adoption
More often than not, tech news is taken out of context. We learn about the latest in a specific industry, without fully understanding the impact on the people using the tech. In 2022, cloud computing will be much more human-centric. That is, it will serve to empower culture growth, not just pure productivity in numbers. Finally, businesses are beginning to harness the power of the cloud to serve the people more than anything else.
While remote teams aren’t new, much like cloud computing, developing remote team culture is now a focal point for many companies. Using the cloud to foster stronger off-site employee relationships will be a marked trend for 2022.
Whether you decide to run team-building exercises via the cloud, or set up employee surveys to improve culture, cloud tech is bound to help remote teams thrive.
Going beyond the server
We’ve seen cloud technology turn from simple, one-cloud systems into hybrid and multi-cloud environments. These opportunities have helped companies stay productive during the pandemic without abandoning a portion of their processes.
In 2022, we are bound to see yet another major leap: serverless computing. To simplify the development process and elevate productivity, serverless computing eliminates the need to worry about any infrastructure.
Not only is it more cost-effective than server-based cloud computing, but it also speeds up the development process. With it, it’s possible to deploy functions and apps much more quickly. Plus, it’s a model that allows businesses to pay only for the value used. This combination of perks has inspired many companies to move to serverless computing, and more will do the same in 2022.
In a wide range of industries, IoT devices are becoming the new norm thanks to the cloud. How? By letting providers stay connected to their clients and customers in real-time with cloud-based software. Brands are using IoT and the cloud increasingly to collect relevant intelligence and boost customer experience.
By the same token, medical institutions are starting to build cloud-enabled databases for their patients and monitor their health. Both private healthcare providers and public medical institutions will start using the cloud paired with IoT more than ever in 2022.
Moreover, smart home devices connected to our phones and other gadgets will leverage simple data to optimize performance and energy efficiency. For example, a smart thermostat can collect information to adapt energy use even when you’re not at home. Thanks to the cloud and IoT, you can set up remote alerts and stay in full control of your home.
Cloud streaming in the spotlight
It’s every gamer’s dream come true, and every professional video producer’s utopia: the ability to stream quality video content without worrying about hardware. As cloud tech advances, the benefits of cloud streaming multiply quickly. Without having to constantly invest in more robust hardware, producers and gamers can scale their video-making and gaming efforts seamlessly with the cloud.
Another major benefit to push more professionals to use cloud streaming is the cloud’s ever-evolving security. Not only is the video content safe from piracy on the cloud, but it also prevents potential data breaches for the end user.
With the cloud, streaming events can easily be managed for audiences across the globe. All without jeopardizing the quality of the video content at hand. Whether it’s education or entertainment, cloud streaming will change how we consume video in 2022.
Managing business finances on the cloud
One major fear and myth that has prevented businesses from making the switch is security. There is no perfect system in existence, and that includes cloud-based and other infrastructure models. However, as cloud technology grows, so does its already impressive security system. That will entice more companies to start managing their finances on the cloud, creating a paperless process that is both secure and seamless.
Cloud technology enables the use of billing software that helps companies automate a wide array of processes. From secure and fast invoicing to tracking expenses and recognizing spending trends, cloud-based billing tools will define business finances in 2022.
With more retail brands switching to e-commerce to battle the pandemic and stay in the game, cloud-based finance management will become paramount for success. What’s more, the software available today also empowers solopreneurs and small businesses, not just enterprise-level organizations. The cloud is effectively helping the economy recover simply by providing the security companies need to manage their funds.
Endless integrations through the cloud
As more businesses transition to cloud environments, they also need access to a wide array of tools they’re accustomed to using. Software ranging from office chat tools to large-scale project management help companies keep their operations in check on the cloud.
In the upcoming months and years, more companies will start using SaaS operation management on the cloud to optimize their use of different tools. Both from a financial and performance perspective, cloud tech solutions can help teams track their software use.
Over time, that means that the insights into software use will help brands in 2022 optimize their cloud spend and their productivity in one go. While more cloud integrations become available, operation management on the cloud will allow brands to recognize opportunities to improve their workflow.
Enterprise-level cloud strategies
Closely connected to the previous trend in cloud tech, we can also expect a rise in strategic planning and tool development for the cloud. No longer treated merely as the passive environment where businesses collaborate, the cloud is rapidly becoming part of the strategizing process.
Especially with more remote teams, strategy platforms and tools for the cloud will empower companies to unify their operations under one roof. In 2022, that means that each task and goal will be easy to track and monitor on the cloud.
This will fuel employee accountability and help companies align their goals with actions. The use of such apps and tools designed primarily to build strategies will redefine how businesses execute plans.
Over to you
As you can see, cloud technology is branching into different, albeit complementary directions. From serverless computing to advanced strategizing, the cloud is quickly changing how businesses operate. Thanks to its scalable nature, cloud technology promises even more trends to reshape how we collaborate and push our companies forward.
Other innovative solutions are supporting the growth of the cloud, such as AI and IoT. But most of all, the changing team dynamics and evolving workflows will fuel even more cloud development in 2022 and beyond. Businesses that want to stay at the forefront of their industries will be sure to rely on the cloud in any way possible.