Cloud 2020 - Is the future clear or cloudy?

All this week at techUK we have been talking about why cloud computing matters to the UK’s digital future. We have had an active debate on twitter all week under the hashtag #whycloud. What is clear from all the articles, insights, videos and podcasts published this week is that more and more organisations are using cloud services to gain operational efficiencies and reduce costs. But a key takeaway from this week for me is how important cloud is being seen by organisations as the digital infrastructure that will enable the adoption and use of advanced digital technologies such as AR/VR, IOT, machine learning and AI.

Cloud computing is fast becoming the digital foundations on which organisations ability to achieve the full economic benefits and value of data analytics and AI will be fully realised. With AI alone estimated to be worth £232 billion to the UK economy by 2035, and cloud being seen as an essential tool to making this happen, then a key question must be are we doing enough to keep the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption, optimisation and maturity. 

Back in 2016 techUK published its Cloud 2020 Vision. This report highlighted the benefits the UK stand to gain from driving greater take up and adoption, by organisations across both the public and private sectors, of cloud-based technologies, and what must be done in six key areas to ensure this happens. With 2020 nearly upon us, and the increased importance of the cloud to the UK’s digital future, we believe now is the right time to review the progress that has been made so far in these six areas and what may still need to be done, on the following key recommendations made in the report:

  1. Enabling data portability and system interoperability within the cloud computing ecosystem
  2. Building trust in the security of cloud computing services
  3. Supporting the cultural shift required to optimise the use of cloud
  4. Building a coherent regulatory framework for cloud
  5. Ensuring effective public-sector adoption and usage of cloud
  6. Having a communications infrastructure that keeps pace with mass cloud adoption.

To assess how far we have come already, and what more we still need to do, on the 3rd December techUK is holding a special Cloud 2020 debate. Key leaders in cloud computing will assess progress made in each of the recommendations and consider whether there are important issues that need to be overcome now to ensure they do not impact the future development of the cloud computing market in the UK.  It will include recommendations on the action that still needs to be taken to ensure the UK’s digital future is clear. Confirmed speakers include Jamie Tyler, CenturyLink, and Paul Knott from  Symantec but we need your input too so come and take part in this interactive event and give us your views on the future of cloud computing in the UK.

All the output from the December session will be used to develop techUK’s Cloud 2020 Vision progress report, to be released in early 2019.  With the increased importance of cloud to the next wave of the UK’s digital, AI driven, future techUK’s mission to ensure all organisations can benefits from cloud services  and move the UK cloud market forward is more important than ever before.  The debate and discussion we have started during Cloud week will therefore continue not only via twitter but throughout our upcoming events, discussions and work of techUK’s Cloud work programme. If you would like to get involved in this important work and help drive techUK’s cloud activities, then just get in touch and help techUK ensure the future of cloud computing in the UK is clear.





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  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director, Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055
  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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