Cloud computing is the next step on our IT journey. It has tremendous potential, certainly when you consider the budgetary impact of the shift to the cloud. Companies are quickly discovering the benefits and increased profits offered by the cloud and, whether it is part of a conscious plan or not, they are taking advantage of this.
The next step is to supply IT just like electricity. More efforts will be needed to bring IT up to an equivalent degree of reliability: 100% available and not 99.99%. IT as electricity also means that it’s going to take more than just the cloud; you will have to verify each element of the finished product. That is going to mean redesigning the current IT concept in which we continue to build further on the same basic components. Every time there is an issue, a painkiller is provided that treats the symptoms but not the causes and this painkiller approach is the most widespread method. People continue to build further on the same basic technology, even when it has become woefully insufficient. But tackling the true cause of a problem will help solve a lot more trouble spots and lead to greater innovation. To make an analogy with the world of medicine, we’re talking about a single remedy that can solve all viral infections instead of numerous medications that treat the symptoms of each of these infections.
This may have a huge impact on our daily ICT. Companies will be able to work faster and more efficiently. The activation of IT for new clients or employees will become as simple as turning on the lights. We will be able to save time each day because we will no longer have to face IT obstacles, which will allow us to concentrate better on our core activities. The IT used by small companies will become just as powerful as that of large corporations; just like the electricity that is used today is the same for everyone.
Like with any (r)evolution, it is going to take a new way of thinking. The first pioneers are already paving the way. In practice, this mindshift may happen more quickly than we currently expect because the speed at which ICT evolves is constantly increasing.