According to ABI Research, more than 240 million business customers will be leveraging cloud computing services through mobile devices by 2015. This, in turn, will drive revenues for the services to $5.2 billion.
ABI’s practice director, Dan Shey, sees the immediate opportunity in leveraging cloud platforms to develop mobile applications that work with enterprise data. He goes on suggesting that Microsoft and Google are major players which influence and enable these developments. Mobile operators on their end have the most to gain through offers of cloud services to the enterprise leveraging their networks, application enablement, and data centers.
In the longer term, the expansion of connected mobile devices will further drive the use of cloud services. On that note, Shey added: “The longer term opportunity is in mobile devices accessing IT services from the cloud and paying for access on a per-use basis. With the economics of cloud services expanding IT services access to the SMB market, and more cellular connected devices in the market for business customers, enterprise mobile cloud computing services will experience tremendous growth — and become more than just ‘water vapor’.”
More information about ABI Research’s report titled “Enterprise Mobile Cloud Computing” is available from here.