Gartner has predicted that this will be the case within four years. However, this is not to say that everything is going to be cloud-based, but companies without some form of cloud usage will be extremely rare. The research VP at Gartner, Jeffrey Mann, has said that having a policy of no cloud will just be unsustainable within the next few years.
For the use of software, it is expected that cloud computing will be the first choice, with the same applying to custom software, which is generally designed to be used with cloud services. Hybrid solutions are set to be the most popular option. It has also been predicted that within the next three years, 30% of the top 100 new software investments will be designed on a cloud only basis rather than a cloud-first.
Other experts in the industry have said that these changes in software development are going to force companies to use cloud computing services even if they are reluctant to do so. Companies will have to change to reflect the changes in IT.
There are also predictions that IaaS is going to be stronger over the next few years, and along with PaaS it should hit $55 billion in annual revenue by 2020. Enterprise data centres that are software-defined will not be as important as developing a stronger multi-provider management capability.