Moving to the Cloud
There seems little doubt that the nexus of computing is moving to the cloud. Over the past few years, this has been the most prominent trend in the world of information systems. There is absolutely no reason why this should not be a dominant trend in the next decade.
Cloud computing offers up high end computing power with minimal investment. It takes some, perhaps a lot of the cost of an information system off the balance sheet. It offers up computing power far in excess of that which any companies can afford. This will be critical in the new era of data management, when more and more data will be freely available for analysis in advanced form and using advanced tools.
In short, the economics of cloud computing will drive systems in that direction. For more on this point, please refer to this article.