Certain sectors leading in cloud integration

     
 describe the imageCloud computing has been lauded by its proponents as a technology that can provide widespread benefits for any company, no matter its size or industry. However, there are a select few sectors that are increasingly pulling away from the others in terms of cloud integration.

According to a new report from a China-based consulting firm, these areas have launched head-first into the cloud and are employing A2A business integration solutions to leverage quick and easy deployments. Greater adoption rates, experts say, could take off once other industries recognize the benefits already provided to these select few.

1. Government

Though he has since moved on to a position with Harvard University, former federal CIO Vivek Kundra's vision for cloud computing among federal agencies continues. As the first man to hold the position, Kundra released a cloud-first policy for government IT that was accompanied by a 25-point action plan.

 

Now, public agencies at various levels of government are considering the cloud. At the federal level, Apps.gov has been set up as a resource from which organizations can learn about the cloud and download approved services.

2. Telecom

Increasing bandwidth and the growing number of connected devices are leading to a data boom of epic proportions for many telecom companies, according to the consulting firm. On-premise solutions simply no longer cut it when it comes to organizations' data storage needs, so many have turned to integrating the cloud.

"Internally telecom operators can integrate the IT resources to improve efficiency and management level, as well as reduce service cost. Externally, they can establish a basic resource platform for new business model, which provides public IT services," the report stated.

3. Manufacturing

With the cloud, companies in this industry can get back to focusing on manufacturing goods rather than worrying about the IT infrastructure, the report claimed. Specifically, it stated, companies within the industry can deploy cloud-based supply chain management solutions.

A hosted supply chain application can shorten the cycle of product upgrading, lower costs for designing goods and boost overall competitiveness, according to the report.

Perhaps companies in more industries will join these three as the overall cloud market continues to expand. According to a report issued by research firm Ovum last month, public cloud computing revenue will top $18 billion by the end of this year. That figure will reach $66 billion by 2016 with a compound annual growth rate of 29.4 percent