For almost a decade, businesses have been exploring the benefits of cloud solutions. The technology has moved beyond the innovators to early adopters. More and more businesses are beginning to realize the advantages cloud technology can bring to their organizations.
As 2017 is winding it is now time to turn our eyes to 2018. Predictions and theories abound as to what the upcoming year will hold for businesses, but one thing is for sure. Simply staying the course is no longer an option. Joel Shore, a news writer for TechTarget, makes a bold claim. That business must fundamentally change the way they operate to survive. In other words, “transform or die.”
The article goes on to say, “For businesses to exist, they must undergo a cloud transformation consisting of essential foundational services: data as a service (DaaS), software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).”
Organizations can no longer bury their heads when it comes to consumer demands for digital transactions. This digital lifestyle has put significant strain on business entities to transform the way they do business. The analyst firm, IDC, believes that by 2025 more than 80 Billion devices will be connected to the internet. This number is almost three times that of today. Additionally, over the next ten years, 152,000 devices will be added every minute.
The trend goes beyond just transforming for consumers – but also in talent acquisition. A Citrix survey found that 2 out of 5 business professionals would turn down a job offer if the company did not offer a flexible work environment. Further supporting this claim, a Gartner survey found that 28% of corporate data now resides on mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The challenge for businesses is not how to stop data from landing on mobile devices, but how to effectively secure that data and keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Enter Desktop-as-a-Service. Bob Evans writes in this article on Forbes that those who win the Cloud Wars of 2018 will need to help “corporate customers undertake, accelerate and complete their digital transformations; [and] will need to radiate customer-centric messaging and behavior across their tech-centric organizations.” He goes on to say that, “businesses of every kind and every size must reconfigure themselves to be able to engage digitally, build digital relationships, optimize digital operations and culture, and find and hire world-class digital talent. And at the center of all of these essential undertakings will be the … cloud, served up by those vendors that are able to offer what they do in the context of digital transformation and digital business.”
The story of the year is not how or if a business will move to the cloud – but when. We took some time to speak with several dinCloud technologists to gain their insights into where they think Desktop-as-a-Service will be going in the years ahead.
Customers are becoming more sophisticated in understanding what they want to use DaaS for, at the same time, they do not want to deal with all the tedium of desktop management. I see companies across the board wanting to have complete desktop management – not just desktop as a service but the accompanying services as well. We’ve seen this come from the very large enterprises as well as medium size IT organizations.
Cloud Solutions Specialist, dinCloud
Based on industry analysts the DaaS market is expected to explode over the next (5) + years.
According to MarketandMarkets, the global desktop as a service market is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 29% in the forecasted period 2016-2023. While Gartner predicts by 2019, 50% of new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.
Security and compliance, mobility (BYOD) and lowering of operational and desktop support, maintenance and acquisition costs are the main drivers for companies to consider moving to a DaaS provider.
dinCloud is experiencing an uptick in demand with shorter sales cycles which supports the analysts’ predictions that the DaaS market is on a high growth trajectory.
The “as-a-service” model will become an essential tool in a businesses toolset
Looking forward, it is impossible to truly predict what the year will hold. But looking at the trends and from conversations with clients and prospects, one thing is for sure. The future for cloud solutions like Desktop-as-a-Service (Daas) is good. As more businesses work to meet the demands of their customers and employees and embark on a digital transformation, desktop-as-a-service will be a vital part of their success.
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