Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 49 - Page 36


There is no doubt that cloud adoption will accelerate and become ubiquitous in 2022 . However , in the world of successful cloud adoption , there is no one size fits all solution . As organisations look to leverage the cloud for innovation , efficiency and growth , they would do well to consider the following anticipated advances in their respective vertical markets .

Cloud usage is on a positive trajectory in education as educators look to reduce their operating costs while improving efficiency and productivity .
Education : The pandemic forced education institutions to transition to wide-spread remote learning . As children return to face-to-face learning , there will be accelerated cloud adoption to help schools pivot , become agile and continue their efforts to deliver education during unpredictable times . To this end , cloud usage is on a positive trajectory in education as educators look to reduce their operating costs while improving efficiency and productivity .
Manufacturing : During the recent lockdowns , factories looked to become more remote-managed . This involved less skilled staff being assisted by remote and highly skilled technicians using Augmented Reality . Such operations required significant integrations between systems and applications with the development of APIs published as services .
Financial services : Financial institutions , most notably traditional banks and insurance companies , have long been dogged by the challenges associated with complex and legacy infrastructure , siloed structures and security concerns .
In 2022 and beyond , we will see a huge uptick in cloud adoption in order to positively impact business growth , refine customer analytics and ensure the levels of regulatory compliance required by the industry . Additionally , we anticipate a marked growth in the use of AI for dynamic pricing , facilitated by the cloud .
Additionally , we will witness more manufacturers adopting Digital Twin technology using Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and data science for anomaly detection and to increase quality for higher yield .
Manufacturing represents one of the strongest use cases for the cloud , resulting in two major benefits : business and IT efficiency . First and foremost , we will see greater collaboration between SMEs thanks to the breaking down of data silos and the introduction of exciting technologies spanning AI , IoT , no-code / lowcode platforms and data science .
Telecommunications : Post-pandemic , hybrid work is here to stay . This does , of course , present a massive opportunity for those in telecommunications . Indeed , as telecommunications companies connect people and data , their role will enjoy a stratospheric rise as we shift towards a distributed workforce .
Advances in 5G , in addition to increased adoption of AI and automation in order to expand connectivity will be key , all underpinned by cloud technologies .
When considering IT efficiencies , as we see a more cloud-centric future , the outcome will be less need for on-premises IT infrastructures and therefore a reduction in maintenance costs .
While many organisations are adopting cloud technologies , few have maximised the cloud ’ s full strategic potential . Only by reaching for the skies can organisations future-proof their businesses and drive innovation to improve their competitive position .
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