Cloud 2013: what to look out for, from 4G to next gen Office 365

Cloud 2013: what to look out for, from 4G to next gen Office 365

Cloud is on everyone’s lips, so it is good to be in the know and what to look out for in 2013, so we have put together our list:

  • Increase in BYOD (bring your own device) and widespread use of tablets in education, enterprise and SME
  • 4G and Fibre to the Cabinet rollout across the country, meaning greater connectivity and speed which creates a smoother service for communication tools like Lync and Skype. The Cloud Car is always there for when you lose connectivity www.thecloudcar.co.uk .
  • Introduction of Microsoft Office Apps for iOS and Android will satisfy the millions of current users of the devices. The apps will be available to those with Office 365 subscriptions for free. The use of domestic cloud services like SkyDrive should rise significantly as people store lots more digital content. These services offer great features, most of which are free. Check out http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/skydrive/download
  • Watch out for Azure: now that Cloud has become a serious consideration for most IT departments, the importance in this of hybrid public/private clouds. The ability to utilise both your own datacentre and Windows Azure as one is a big differentiator between the cloud offerings offered by Google and Amazon. Having additional capacity and only paying for it when required is a big bonus.
  • A next Gen office 365 will be around in early 2013, utilising latest Exchange, SharePoint and Lync 2013 versions. The differences between on premise and cloud based versions will be even smaller.  Organisations now need to understand how they can realise the full ROI of moving to a hosted environment and take the pain of running ageing IT kit, check out our 5 step process.

 

All in all an exciting year for Cloud IT and customers technology.