In this article, we will analyze the differences between cloud buyers in three regions around the globe and the cloud adoption trends that will characterize the coming years. These regions are North America, Western Europe, and Asia- Pacific.
Deploying production applications in the cloud:
According to International Data Corporation, North America has a higher percentage. More specifically, North America is the leader with 33% and Western Europe follows with 21%. Asia – Pacific comes between the regions mentioned above with 27%. So, European customers need help from cloud vendors. Also, Europe’s regulatory laws are a major factor slowing the process. Furthermore, European enterprises worry a lot about the cost and seem willing to proceed only if they are sure of having significant benefits of cloud adoption.
Increase in cloud spending in 2021:
Enterprise customers in North America and Asia – Pacific are willing to spend more on cloud. Data shows that both in North America and Asia- Pacific more than 40% of enterprise customers are going to do so. Western Europe comes next with only 27% of European enterprise customers saying the same.
Implementing a Public Cloud Only strategy:
Western Europe has half the chances to adopt a «Public Cloud Only» strategy compared with North America and Asia- Pacific. It is better for cloud vendors to find private solutions for European customers.
Using a single cloud provider:
Western Europe and Asia- Pacific seem to be less willing to multi-cloud adoption in the coming years. In Western Europe, 37% of the enterprises use a single cloud provider according to recent data. In Asia- Pacific, almost 40% of the enterprises use a single cloud provider. On the other hand in North America, 24% of the enterprises use a single cloud provider. The above data shows that Europe and Asia are still conservative in multi-cloud adoption.
Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cloud Operations:
North America and Asia – Pacific are twice more likely to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cloud Operations than Europe. In North America, the percentage for using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cloud Operations will reach 30% while in the Asia Pacific will exceed 30%. On the other hand, in Europe, the percentage of using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cloud Operations will reach only 17%.
The direction of enterprises’ investments:
While North America and Asia – Pacific give great importance at security, enterprise applications, and cloud infrastructure, Europe focuses on cloud infrastructure, security, and staff training.
Business Transformation and IT Transformation:
As far as digital transformation is concerned, 46% of North America and 70% of Asia – Pacific will follow the flow in the next five years. At the same time, only 28% in Europe will do the same. Asia will also focus on business transformation in the coming years embracing technologies such as 5G, AI, blockchain, FinTech, and robotics.
Adopting new technologies:
In North America, 47% of enterprises are willing to adopt new technologies. The same trend characterizes Asia- Pacific. In Asia- Pacific, 46% of the enterprises are willing to adopt new technologies. In Western Europe, 28% of enterprises are willing to adopt new technologies.
High interdependencies in Apps:
Two years from now in North America, 51% of the enterprises will increase the interdependencies in Apps. Now, this limit is less than 30%. Two years from now in Asia- Pacific, 56% of the enterprises will increase the interdependencies in Apps. Now, this limit is 20%. Lastly, two years from now in Europe, 49% of the enterprises will increase the interdependencies in Apps. Now, this limit is 21%.
Critical workloads in the coming years:
In the next two years, CRM and ERM will be the most critical workloads for the three regions mentioned above. Also, Big Data will play a crucial role in Europe and Asia. As far as North America is concerned, Supply Chain Management (SCM) will be the most characteristical workload.