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Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013

157989221When the CEO of a rust-belt manufacturer speaks of cloud computing as critical to his company’s business strategies for competing globally, it’s clear a fundamental shift is underway.

Nearly every manufacturing company I’ve spoken with in the last ninety days has a mobility roadmap and is also challenged to integrate existing ERP, pricing and fulfillment systems into next-generation selling platforms.

One of the most driven CEOs I’ve met in manufacturing implemented a cloud-based channel management, pricing, quoting and CRM system to manage direct sales and a large distributor network across several countries.  Manufacturers are bringing an entirely new level of pragmatism to cloud computing, quickly deflating its hype by pushing for results on the shop floor.

There’s also been an entirely new series of enterprise software and cloud computing forecasts and market estimates published.  I’ve summarized the key take-aways below:

  • Enterprise sales of ERP systems will grow to $32.9B in 2016, attaining a 6.7% CAGR in the forecast period of 2011 to 2016.   CRM is projected to be an $18.6B global market by 2016, attaining a CAGR of 9.1% from 2011 to 2016.   The fastest growing category of enterprise software will be Web Conferencing and Team, growing at a 12.4% CAGR through the forecast period.  The following graphic compares 2011 actual sales and the latest forecast for 2016 by enterprise software product category.  Source:  Gartner’s Forecast Analysis: Enterprise Application Software, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 4Q12 Update Published: 31 January 2013

Figure 1 enteprise spending

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 public cloud forecast

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  • IDC is predicting Cloud Services and enablement spending will hit $60 billion, growing at 26% through the year and that over 80% of new apps will be distributed and deployed on cloud platforms.  Their predictions also are saying that 2.5% of legacy packaged enterprise apps will start migrating to clouds.  Source: Top 10 Predictions, IDC Predictions 2012: Competing for 2020 by Frank Gens. You can download a copy of the IDC Predictions here: http://cdn.idc.com/research/Predictions12/Main/downloads/IDCTOP10Predictions2012.pdf

Executing on Innovation

Today Harvard Business Publishing released the following video interview where Vijay discusses his latest book, The Other Side of Innovation - Solving the Execution Challenge. You can download a sample chapter here for free. At just over 14 minutes, the video is worth watching and time well spent.

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Demystifying Cloud Computing at OSCON: Great Insights from Simon Wardley

In this 30-minute speech Mr. Wardley demystifies cloud computing and provides insights into the essence of what innovation really is.

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Measuring the Growth of Cloud Computing

The bottom line is that the need for staying current on analytics, business intelligence, data mining and linguistic modeling using cloud-based data is going to accelerate in importance faster than anyone expects.

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How Programming Is Becoming the Catalyst of Cloud Innovation

The following video clip features Dr. Joseph Hellerstein, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, discussing how programming languages need to be augmented to support larger data sets and more ubiquitous levels of integration.

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Seeing Potential in the Passion to Innovate: Why SaaS Platforms May Have an Edge

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Companies who see the potential in their employee’s passion to innovate get out of their way and give them opportunities to get involved in projects they deeply care about. Often exceptional results emerge from these efforts, leading to entirely new businesses. That’s the key take-away of the rule of 20%. For software companies delivering apps on the SaaS platform, the potential for getting immediate customer feedback is turning into an entirely new source of innovation. The speed of customer feedback possible also opens up the potential of giving employees the chance to test new concepts immediately, nurturing innovation in the process.

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Free Webinar from Stanford University on Cloud Computing Scheduled for March 30th

Bottom line: The goal of these webinars is often to recruit students for certificate and degree programs, so the content often over-the-top in terms of quality. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are interested in cloud computing.

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