2. The Cloud Gets Up And Goes
Blame it on the tablet revolution. Or, point the finger at the iPhone. Whatever the scapegoat, the cloud went mobile in 2011 in ways that were never before imagined. Driven by the app revolution, mobile cloud services dominated. Having access to apps stored elsewhere from a device carried anywhere became a value proposition for the cloud that offers immeasurable productivity gains and solution providers are now charged to not only provide cloud services, but to make sure they're available on customers' favorite devices. Cloud solution provider Model Metrics, which was recently acquired by Salesforce.com, conducted a survey earlier in the year and found that 80 percent of its customers now include smartphone and tablet adoption plans within their cloud deployment initiatives. All told, Model Metrics' mobile projects have tripled this year.