Balanced perspectives key to cloud’s future

Many experts are already beginning to talk about the next-generation cloud, and the conversation is not premature. The technology currently stands squarely in between an emerging solution and a mainstream system. As a result, the next step forward in cloud computing will need to provide the improvements required to support the technology’s growth and position it to sustain that momentum through mainstream adoption.

According to a recent TechCloud9 report, equipping the cloud for this future is dependent on finding the right balance of perspectives to designing next-generation solutions. Most emerging technologies that reach this stage of growth end up careening off into a vendor-focused development or an end-user-centered approach to the future. Figuring out which perspective should guide the cloud is vital moving forward.

The news source said that while both points of view are definitely important, it is vital that cloud vendors do not take complete control of the cloud’s evolution. Instead, end-user concerns with the technology also need to guide the technology’s development. To ensure this happens in a meaningful way, a number of industry stakeholders have joined the Cloud Advisory Council. The organization is designed to foster collaboration between cloud vendors, solutions providers, telecoms and companies using the cloud. Thus far, a fairly diverse range of organizations have already joined the council, which will use input from all of these participants to develop best practices, technology advice and other ideas to guide the cloud industry into the future.

The new advisory group will focus on developing technological architectures that will help improve the technology moving forward. The report said the organization is still weighted a bit too heavily toward the supply side of the cloud, but the overarching aim of the group is to foster the best possible developments in the cloud climate, not just a vendor-focused future for the technology.

As companies work to adjust to the cloud’s growing role in the enterprise and prepare for its future, supporting technologies becomes important. One tool that is becoming noteworthy is business process management software, which provides organizations with the ability to capitalize on their cloud systems by aligning the technology with operational needs. This ensures that companies are able to leverage the cloud to deliver process-level improvements.