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What Will the Cloud Look Like in 2020?

Cloud computing has quickly become a driving force of unprecedented change across the IT and business landscape. Organizations are adopting the potential of the cloud to reap the benefits of business innovation and agility, and to enable new processes and insights that were previously impossible. Business and IT are transforming into “everything as a service.” Those companies that do not adopt the cloud will fall behind the pace of change. What can we do today to prepare for tomorrow?

To find the answer to this question, I interviewed Sven Denecken, VP of Strategy for Cloud Solutions at SAP and speaker at The in Cloud 2020 Forum at SAPPHIRE NOW next week in Orlando, on a Google+ Hangout last week. Sven provided valuable insights on the impact of the cloud, what businesses can do prepare and what cloud will look like in 2020.

Cloud is impacting everything we do

Cloud computing is having a massive influence on every service and product, and ultimately the end user in a big way. What the cloud enables B2B and B2C companies to do is really put customer and the end user at the center of their business Cloud customers have full flexibility to consume what they need when they need it and on a simplified, unified and real-time platform.

The distance between the engineer and the end user of the product is now dramatically reduced. The result is unmatched speed of innovation, simplicity and reduced time to value. The cloud has enabled businesses, whether they are using public, private or hybrid cloud, with the simplification of processes and time of value that trumps any other technology.

How businesses can prepare for tomorrow

When businesses today want to outpace the disruption happening in the market, they need the adequate technology that will help them adapt to change quickly cloud is the spearhead of that. And it’s not just cloud computing technology that is the driving force for business innovation. It is the advent of multiple disruptive technologies, like mobile, in-memory computing and predictive analytics, coming together thanks to the cloud.

The Cloud in 2020

There is a lot of hype around the cloud, but what it really comes down is delivering tangible business outcomes. Whether you choose to ignore it at your own risk, the cloud is real and it is here now. It doesn’t matter what date you put on it, cloud 2020 starts today.

Cloud offers fast innovation, tailored to specific business outcomes. Organizations must take advantage of the technology available to them and invest in it to keep their company at the forefront of the digital transformation happening today.


To quote Sven, “It’s not a disruption, but an ability to change your business significantly.”

Learn more at SAPPHIRE NOW

In Sven’s words, SAPPHIRE NOW is not a showat its core, it is a platform of collaboration. It is an opportunity for partners, customers and SAP to come together and explore where the world is headed because we are all in this together.

In The Cloud in 2020 forum at SAPPHIRE NOW specifically, experts, customers and business leaders who are in the midst of cloud transformation will be front and center. They will discuss the impact of cloud technology, best practices that have emerged, the millennial generation’s view of cloud computing as the new normal and the changing role of the CIO. The Forum will delve into hybrid deployments, social engagement models, cloud platforms, and more.

Join us at SAPPHIRE NOW and get ready, 2020 begins today.

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