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The containers

Mostly known thanks to their introduction on the market and their popularization by Docker , the containers remain an acceleration ramp and a direct path to cloud computing, as well as a more modern and efficient model for the design, the management , governance and optimization of IT applications. Considered as a contemporary method for structuring and leveraging cloud computing software today, containers are on the short list of models that most organizations seriously consider for future application models, whether they are buy or create them.

The graph of their growth speaks volumes, as it shows an annual growth rate of 40% and an anticipated market of $ 2.6 billion for containers as a service by 2020.

Mobile enterprise applications

Decidedly one of the most complicated aspects of business computing. Good mobile apps for internal and external customers remain a challenge for the average business. Yet, they are crucial to the success of their digital experience. Why are mobile apps so problematic? There are several reasons: the two main mobile platforms (iOS and Android) are large and complex and remain relatively unknown within IT entities, while the mobile application management issues, the proliferation of devices and formats and security issues are additional obstacles to good mobile applications.

Mobile applications are expected to grow by 14% per year and reach $ 100 billion in annual revenue by 2022; however, the business part should remain relatively small. Leading companies can seize opportunities in 2017 and beyond to get a head start by providing the mobile experiences that their stakeholders want.

On-demand, as-a-Service and software defined

In a nutshell, everything related to IT (whether security, storage, networking, computing or applications) becomes software-defined and offered as an on-demand service. If this phenomenon is not new, it can be alarming to discover that most modern IT offers want to measure everything for you and you can not buy them and pay for maintenance.

It’s painful enough that I’ve heard more than one CIO complaining that he feels he has to buy all his IT capabilities every year; this perspective will have to be managed by the suppliers. There are so many projections in this area that I will only select one global forecast for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS as a whole, which is expected to become a $ 390 billion industry in just two-and-a-half years , now until 2020.

Platforms for teamwork

There is growing interest in streamlining the work environment to make it more efficient and centralized. Many of the recent tools, from Slack and Microsoft Teams to IBM Connections (with AppSpokes ) and Cisco Spark , are creating powerful new platforms for teamwork . These enable recording systems and engagement systems to be brought together more effectively in a contextual and consistent digital work environment, equipped with integrated applications.

How big is this trend so far? It is difficult to give an estimate, as there are still no dedicated forecasts in this category. However, I see it as a clear industry trend, relying on the inclusion of these capabilities in the majority of recent collaborations in the business.

Edge computing and fog computing

As the Internet of Things and other computer formats that move data collection at the edge of the network experience an increase in their scale and volume of data, it becomes necessary to bring smarter processing to the periphery of the network. , rather than transporting it through cloud computing.

Far from being an interchangeable trend with cloud computing, Edge computing (sometimes called fog computing) complements it by integrating computational power into cloud-enabled technology offerings where it’s the most more relevant for reasons of cost and performance. Peripheral computing will grow by 35% a year until 2023 , when it will become a $ 34 billion industry.