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Cloud: What's next to look forward to in 2023?

a recent world cup study by IEEE highlights that of all the fundamentals of digital transformation, Cloud Computing will have the greatest technological impact globally in 2023 and beyond. East McKinsey research estimates that by 2030, cloud The technology will drive EBITDA of more than USD 1 trillion in the top 500 global companies.

The continued importance of the cloud and its associated levers can be gauged from the following recent research papers:

  • this gartner research, estimates that by 2023, global end-user spending on public cloud services will exceed $591.8 billion by 2023, showing annual growth of 20.7%, which exceeded the previous growth forecast of 18 .8%. It is also noteworthy to note that despite the increased share of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), spending on IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) is catching up. . , along with those for Cloud Business Processes and Security & Management Services as well.
  • The criticality of the cloud automation ecosystem in this global cloud journey can be understood from this verified market research. report estimating that the cloud automation market will exceed USD 414 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of greater than 26% during this forecast period of 2021-2030.
  • cloud native it is an important strategy that is increasing in popularity and adoption. According to this MarketWatch researchCloud Native Platform and Container Management Platforms market revenue, which was $2.35 billion in 2019, will exceed $9.26 billion by 2025, showing a CAGR of more than 25% during this forecast period.
  • This rampant cloudiness has required a corresponding increase in associated cloud cyber security ecosystem. This research by Fortune Business Insights estimates that the global cloud security market will exceed USD 106 billion by 2029, with a CAGR of 18.1% over the forecast period 2022-2029.

what to expect from cloud adoption in 2023? From a public and private cloud perspective?

It is anticipated that in this continuously volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, factors such as industry type (B2B/B2C) and competitiveness, future-proofing, compliance, degree of global operations, systems legacy and roadmap from IT and others, have precipitated organizations to continue to adopt Hybrid and multi cloud strategies. Additionally, to take advantage of an instant end-customer experience with minimal latency, IT leaders, especially in large global organizations, are also adopting multi-cloud native strategies. There has also been a gradual adoption of distributed cloud and edge computing, especially in location-based use cases that require storage, minimal latency, and regulatory compliance at the edge. Regulated and highly competitive industries will continue to take advantage of industry clouds in 2023 to remain agile and competitive.

As organizations continue with hybrid and phygital modes of working, and with the shadows of moonlighting and silent abandonment still looming in 2023, cloud desktop tools will continue to be popular, especially from the perspectives of virtual collaboration and the automatic scaling of the infrastructure. According to this report According to Allied Market Research, the global virtual desktop market size will reach $19.8 billion by 2031, with a CAGR of 8.3% from 2022-2031.

These developments in the cloud ecosystem have required increasing use of operational and control tools along with dashboards for end-to-end visibility into all cloud resources and usage across providers, business functions, and departments. For cloud cost and economics, governance and compliance, monitoring, inventory management, patching and version control, and disaster recovery, tools like Hybrid Cloud Management Platforms (HCMP) and cloud service brokers (CSBs) are helping CIOs and architects balance infrastructure and data. management considering these demand fluctuations on the one hand, and continually identifying pockets for cost optimization and corrections on the other.

What about cloud native strategies in 2023?

CIOs and leaders are expected to continue to adopt cloud-native strategies including containers, microservices, declarative code, serverless computing, use of composable architectures such as MACH (microservices-based, API-first), cloud-native SaaS and headless) and PBC (packaged). business capabilities), LCNC (Low Code No Code) tools, and orchestration and automation.

It is also essential to have a robust data architecture with hybrid and automated data lifecycle management and modernization, and a strong ethos of data storage and operations. Storage as a Service (STaaS) is also gaining importance in addition to Cyber ​​Security/ BlockChain/ RPA/ Network as a Service.

And the Synergy of the Cloud with other technologies?

Leaders will continue to harness the power of other cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, BlockChain, RPA and Intelligent Automation, Internet of Things, Extended Reality and Quantum Cloud Computing and thereby ensure that even SMBs can reap the benefits of these new age technology stacks. It is especially anticipated that by 2023, many organizations will harness the power of the cloud in their AI/ML initiatives and embrace a spirit of MLOps. According to this research According to McKinsey, high-performing organizations run 64% of their AI workloads in public, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments, compared to 44% at other companies.

What about cybersecurity in the cloud ecosystem?

These cloud-native platforms, composable architectures, as well as decentralized systems and IoT have significantly increased vulnerabilities, volume and variety of attack surfaces and potential breach points, requiring CISOs to embed strong security principles and tools. within the cloud native ecosystem. Cloud security has become a fundamental tenet of Zero Trust Architecture and Cyber ​​Resilient frameworks and strategies, as well as Governance, Risk and Compliance, especially for NIST, GDPR, ENISA and similar regulations, and to maintain organizational reputation.

Cybersecurity teams are leveraging tools such as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), Extended Threat and Response Systems (XDR), DevSecOps, Cyber ​​Data Lakes, and others. in that they also incorporate AI / ML in their proactive threat response and search systems.

Shift from cloud costs to cloud economics

“Surprises” and the lack of savings in the cloud spend function in 2022 have popularized the shift from a narrow focus on cloud costs to a continuous cloud economy. 2023 is seeing a lot of financial trading adoption (FinOps) that will not only enable organizations to save costs from cloudification, but will also unlock maximum value from the cloud, through cross-functional engagement of business, finance, procurement, supply chain, engineering, DevOps/DevSecOps teams and cloud operations.

FinOps encompasses dynamic continuous sourcing and cloud consumption management along with demand mapping, driving total cost of ownership and operations with end-to-end cost visibility and forecasting and a strong spirit for joint decision-making. and monitor comprehensive KPIs. This continuously optimizes loads internally and externally, leverages orchestration and automation, dashboards and cost monitoring tools, and uses cloud provider native and carbon footprint tools along with provider acquisition strategies to achieve a good balance between high performance and responsiveness with cost savings and improvement.

What about sustainability?

The inherent sustainability of the cloud has aided in the perceptible shift towards Industry 5.0 augmented by the spirit of FinOps to leverage cloud carbon footprint tools within the organization and encourage partners, vendors and the extended enterprise in their green initiatives and ESG as well.

The role of culture and people?

The continuing trends of Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, and Moonlighting make it critical to have a three-pronged strategy to have the best framework for communication, engagement, and experience for employees, contractors, and vendors, a readily available talent pool of architects and analysts. data and cloud. , DevOps, DevSecOps and other Engineering talent pool, and skills enhancement. A successful FinOps culture in 2023 will be driven by trust, cross-departmental handshaking, business IT alignment, change management, and communication. In this way, we ensure the consistency, alignment and resonance of commercial KPIs with the best practices for Finance and Purchasing, as well as technology teams.


As of late December 2022/early January 2023, the world is anxiously watching the spread and ramifications of the Omicron XBB 1.5 strain, in addition to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, signs of recession, and ongoing uncertainties. As the world recovers from the cryptocurrency winter and gets back on the path of commercial adoption of Web 3.0 and Metaverse, the cloud will have a role to play here as well.

The cloud will continue to be a fundamental principle for companies, SMEs and institutions to continue their digital transformation activities and the achievement of KPIs in an environment of resilience, compliance and competitiveness focused on the client, the employee and the supply chain. supply.

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