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Enterprise cloud journeys in 2019: Plain sailing or storms on the horizon?

January 11, 2019 / Allan Brearley

A rising tide of regulatory, governance and security concerns, a paucity of talent experienced in large-scale transformation, and boardroom concerns over the real business impact can make cloud migration feel like a journey towards shark-infested waters. Despite these challenges, 2019 will be the year in which the UK’s largest enterprises get serious about moving production workloads to the cloud and transforming their business. But will these journeys be plain sailing or will they be punctuated by periods of turbulence? Here’s my long-range forecast. Large enterprises will finally bite the bullet and fully mobilise cloud adoption to boost agility and compete more effectively against born in the cloud challengers.  As the incumbents gain more confidence with cloud technology, we will see transactional systems and key databases, as well as inventory, eCommerce, and operations apps all start to get the cloud treatment, leading to a bumper year for cloud vendors.