Gartner Forecasts Robust Growth in Global Public Cloud Services

Gartner forecasted continued growth of global public cloud services.  The analyst firm projected 17.5% growth in 2019 to $214.3 billion.  The fastest growth rate will be in Infrastructure as a Service which will jump 27.5% to $38.9 billion.  Platform as a Service is expected to rise by 21.8% this year.

“Cloud services are definitely shaking up the industry,” said Gartner Research VP Sid Nag.  “At Gartner, we know of no vendor or service provider today whose business model offerings and revenue growth are not influenced by the increasing adoption of cloud-first strategies in organizations.  What we see now is only the beginning, though.  Through 2022, Gartner projects the market size and growth of the cloud services industry at nearly three time the growth of overall IT services.”

Gartner research found that a third of organizations listed cloud investments as a top three investment priority.  Thirty percent of technology providers new software investments are shifting from cloud-first to cloud only.  Thus, SaaS and subscription cloud models will continue to replace license-based software sales.

Microsoft: Nadella Interviewed by Bloomberg

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella was interviewed by Bloomberg on the topics of cloud computing, Azure, the LinkedIn acquisition, culture change at Microsoft, and the globalization of technology.

Here is a subset of what he said about tech changes:

Is the cloud the big technological change that we’re going to see over the next five years?

I think the big move that is happening today for sure is the cloud move and the mobile move. They sort of go together. And when I say mobility, it’s not the mobility of one device, it’s the mobility of the applications and the data across all your devices, because it’s about the ability of the human experience, not the device.

But I see three other broad platform shifts. One is what I’ve called conversations as a platform. If we can teach all our computers human language, can we democratize computers even more so than we have done today? Think about it. The model today of, “Well, I’ve got to learn the shell, learn to download 20 apps, and navigate between these apps to get stuff done”—what if none of that was a cognitive load on me, but I was able to simply talk, text, or voice and get my things done?

That’s a much more natural way for computing to surface. It’ll work for an 85-year-old person in China, and it’ll work for a 5-year-old in Bellevue [Wash.]. That, to me, is the next frontier and what we’re doing with [voice-enabled personal assistant] Cortana, what we are doing with our bots.

I’m also very, very bullish about making AI capability or machine learning capability available to every developer, every application, and letting any company use these core cognitive capabilities to add intelligence into their core operations. So that’s something that we’re doing with Azure and our Azure cognitive services.

The third one that I’m also very excited about is what’s happening with mixed reality.

Image Credit: Satya Nadella from LinkedIn