Just about everyone is conscious of the change in our lives caused by the ‘Cloud’ and cloud applications. From storing family files and photos on a cloud service, to using cloud applications such as Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides applications. Most people have their phone contacts syncing with a cloud service and many businesses are developing new applications using the ever maturing cloud development platforms.
One thing that seems a normal part of life is the constant and accelerating change in the tools available us to (hopefully) enhance our personal and collective lives.
But the cloud in its different manifestations brings bigger challenges to mining software businesses, simply because it is massively disruptive. Even to the point that some (especially new) businesses will realise big new opportunities as a result while others may decline or even disappear.
A key barometer of the business mood in relation to the Cloud is the feedback that Microsoft’s partners are receiving from their customers around the globe.
The message at the July 2014 Microsoft World Wide Partners Conference, Washington D.C. was that: