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Our Annual Predictions: What’s in the Clouds for 2020?


in Business, Cloud, Managed Services, Healthcare

It’s that time of year again. As the new year approaches, Virtustream likes to examine the current trends shaping the market today and offer a handful of predictions for what the future may hold for the cloud industry.

In a webinar featuring Forrester guest speaker Lauren Nelson, Vice President and Research Director, we dove deep into emerging cloud trends and predictions for 2020, specifically covering how organizations are turning to the cloud to modernize IT systems, mission-critical applications and core business processes.

A hot discussion point was the growing use of mission-critical cloud managed services. For IT decision makers looking to accelerate their migration to the cloud, expand to a multi-cloud environment, managing training or staffing issues, facing tighter budgets, or approaching major IT modernization initiatives ahead, the webinar covered data-backed perspectives across these areas, including the panelists’ takes on how customers may want to approach cloud managed services, professional services and security for cloud in 2020.

Another area of great interest during the webinar was SAP S/4 HANA adoption and SAP’s pending 2025 deadline for legacy ERP software. As the looming deadline draws closer, 2020 will be the year that many companies begin to comprehensively assess several critical factors, including business operational risks, infrastructure readiness, application modernization needs, and whether they have a trusted cloud partner with the required cloud platform, migration capabilities and deep SAP expertise. 

Dr. Tim Calahan, Virtustream’s Director of Healthcare Product Strategy & Management, also joined the panel to discuss his thoughts on the future for healthcare organizations in the cloud, in particular those running complex EHR systems such as Epic. As the healthcare industry continues to embrace cloud technologies, spurred by ongoing challenges in the industry such as rigorous compliance regulations, constrained budgets and limited IT staff resources, they will be able to realize true cloud benefits – including improved visibility into the quality of patient care and faster delivery of insights from health data. In Dr. Calahan’s opinion, the pace of EHR cloud migrations will only quicken in 2020.    

The webinar’s panelists covered several other burning issues of the day, including the future of cloud hyperscalers, and the potential impact of cloud computing for artificial intelligence and high performance computing in 2020. 

If you’d like to hear more about Virtustream and Forrester’s predictions, check out the webinar replay here. By registering, you’ll also receive a free copy of the "Predictions 2020: Cloud Computing," report by Forrester Research.