Cloud Computing, Mobile Solutions to Continue Rise in 2013, IDC Finds

December 3, 2012

If 2012 was the year cloud computing became a phenomenon, then 2013 will likely be the year the technology grows up. A recent IDC study predicted the cloud, along with mobile solutions, social media and big data analytics, will dominate IT spending for the foreseeable future.

“From 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market,” said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. “Companies that are not putting 80 percent or more of their competitive energy into this new market will be trapped in the legacy portion of the market, growing even slower than global GDP.”

IDC estimated that worldwide IT spending will increase 5.7 percent to $2.1 trillion, led by increased investment in mobile devices, which will grow nearly 20 percent compared to 2012. Mini tablets, or tablets that are smaller than 8 inches, are expected to rapidly gain popularity. The IDC study predicted that 60 percent of all tablets shipped in 2013 will be minis.

The boom of PaaS
Meanwhile, cloud computing will likely continue to climb in popularity, with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) beginning its rise. According to the IDC report, open-source and shared PaaS services with become more common and commoditized among cloud vendors.

Another recent study by Gartner predicted that worldwide PaaS investment will total $1.2 billion in 2012 and could approach $3 billion in 2016. Cloud applications platform services will make up 34.4 percent of PaaS revenue, while application lifecycle management, BPM platform services and cloud information services will each account for more than 11 percent.

IT departments in the U.S., Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region will be responsible for 90 percent of PaaS spending, according to Gartner.