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Cloud computing: Five key business trends to look out for
Cloud computing established itself in 2018 as an essential platform for many businesses looking to build innovative services. However, there's still progress to be made before the operating systems on the cloud can truly be seen as a business-as-normal activity. Will we get to that point in 2019? Five experts give their views on the key cloud trends to look out for next year. 1. PORTABILITY WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT Gregor Petri, research vice president at analyst Gartner, says that as we move more things to the cloud, we become more dependent on it -- and that will bring issues through 2019 and beyond. "It's so easy to consume the cloud that people don't necessarily think about how difficult it will be to leave a provider if the business needs to," he says. Petri says many executives take it for granted that they'll be locked into a vendor for a particular part of their functionality. Yet as the cloud starts to be part of more business-critical services, many people are recognising they will need some variability, choice and an ability to switch.
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