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Peripheral services such as connectivity, which allow the connection between office servers and the cloud, are essential to get the most out of cloud activity. In this regard, Syntax believes that cloud projects are going to be among the first list positions on CIOs’ agendas. For this reason, he has presented the 5 cloud trends that are expected by 2023. “Companies are aware of the ability of the cloud to drive digital innovation at scale throughout the organization. We believe that next year numerous projects will be launched with differential technologies such as AI, Analytics or IoT”, explains Ricardo Casanovas, global vice president of SAP Products and Innovation at Syntax.

Cloud Trends 2023

These are the cloud trends 2023:Promotion of a map of 100% cloud systems. With the state of maturity reached by the IT model, companies want to go a step further and make the most of its potential. They already know, from previous deployments, their advantages of scale, cost control, time-to-market and flexibility, which is why they are now looking for strategic resilience. At this point, the Syntax experts explain that capturing 100% of the value of the model is associated with a commitment to the complete migration of systems to the cloud and the creation of a digital infrastructure that supports all standardized operations and processes, as well as to drive a simplification of IT. They also stress that these projects will be critical, which is why the evaluation and planning phases will become relevant and, therefore, consulting services will be essential to achieve perfect alignment between the cloud strategy and business objectives.Need for automation. Technology teams need a lot of flexibility to deploy and manage cloud environments, automating repetitive processes that reduce manual tasks in service provision, configuration and management. In this area, prior work will be necessary to identify objectives, locate recurring actions that consume a lot of time, and create a roadmap to meet the expectations that are set. The benefits of a cloud automation project are very visible in the massive deployments of environments in hundreds of servers in parallel, but those obtained from maintaining and updating the infrastructure should not be ignored. Syntax believes that IT organizations will drive these types of projects to simplify processes such as patch management, updates and monitoring, while speeding up and standardizing processes. All of this results in a more agile management and less necessary personnel, who can dedicate themselves to more valuable tasks.

5 cloud trends to harness its full potential in 2023

Search for technical and economic efficiency. The success of many projects depends on it. It is an aspect that was already in the crosshairs of those companies that wanted to optimize their infrastructure and obtain more value from their investments. The current economic scenario will mean that, during 2023, many IT departments will lead cost control initiatives, through greater control and projects that facilitate the balance between the resources consumed and costs to increase efficiency. To achieve proper financial management, proper financial management of cloud costs will need to be applied to make spending decisions based on data which, in the case of Syntax, is FinOps. With this methodology, companies can resize the infrastructure in line with their needs, reduce storage costs, take advantage of the savings plans of the different cloud platforms and establish a continuous cloud financial management strategy.An imperative: security by default. At a time of clearly expanding spending on digital transformation and also cyber threats, security is of paramount importance. For this reason, more than ever, companies will prioritize the protection of cloud infrastructures because it is essential for digital initiatives to create new sources of value and generate operational efficiencies. Cybersecurity, which is a matter that is both on the agenda of CIOs and senior management, must be included from the beginning in cloud projects, and take into account all the risks and variables that will impact the solidity of the position of enterprise security, guaranteeing the protection of workloads and the systems with which they interoperate, their exposure to the Internet, and the configuration of services.Sustainability. Companies are boosting their sustainability strategies, both due to changes in the regulatory and consumer environment. In fact, more than 80% of the 3,000 CEOs surveyed globally by IBM for Business Value (IBV) believe that their advances in this field will help them improve the performance of their organizations. For this reason, the firm thinks that in 2023 part of the investments in the cloud will be motivated by the priority of reducing emissions and being more energy efficient. In this sense, according to IDC data, the migration of applications and data to this environment allows energy consumption to be reduced by up to 30%. Finally, the analysis by Syntax specialists shows that companies are going to undertake integration projects for their different cloud environments to facilitate operations without friction points and that the consolidation of the XaaS model will continue, in which all technology is consumed as service. These are trends that have already gained strength in 2021 and 2022, and that are fully consolidated and booming.

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