“It’s ‘all on’ right now in terms of the adoption of digital and cloud services and for the first time we’re seeing a new level of clear intent from the companies we deal with. They’re saying to us that they intend to move all of their workloads to the cloud in the next three to five years.”
“Six months ago, the difference was they weren’t declaring that in the same absolute terms. Sure, they were all mobilised, they’d all dipped their toes in the water but now they’re actively planning and constructing their plans with this in mind.”
According to Sheahan, that means that companies are selecting and engaging with managed services partners on the basis that they have to be cloud-first providers. They’re choosing the technologies they’re working with now on the basis of how well they’ll interact with their expected cloud position in the near future.
“We all know we’ve been talking about this moment for years, but I feel confident in saying it’s now actually here. We’ve been in a hybrid phase for quite some time but that hybrid phase is rapidly moving into adoption and over the next three to five years we’re going to see exponential growth in terms of public cloud adoption,” he said.
“That’s going to place a new level of demand on managed services providers as well as organisations that will have a requirement to be much more selective in terms of the cloud credentials of their managed service partners. That’s a key trend we think."
“We’ve moved from needing to evangelise outsourcing to the cloud to a situation where clients just want to know how soon can we make this happen? There’s normally an evolutionary process in the adoption of any particular technology but the adoption of cloud is accelerating now.”
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