Cloud computing to be a top priority for IT outsourcing in 2014

When it comes to business IT outsourcing, there are a number of ways organizations can capitalize on the knowledge of qualified solution providers. With how quickly technology is changing, many organizations find themselves falling behind the education that is needed to keep up with the latest trends.

A recent CIO article brought together several "outsourcing observers" to try and figure out what the trends of 2014 will be. On the list were topics such as device connectivity, hybrid offshoring, reshoring and service integration. Unsurprisingly. cloud computing is also on the list.

"In 2014, we expect clients and service providers to further define their strategic objectives for cloud services, applying consistent metrics to quantify their return on investment and navigate a rapidly evolving contracting environment," says Scott Feuless, principal consultant with ISG. "One key will be progress towards normalized measurement frameworks that enable meaningful comparisons of alternative solutions."

He went on to say that companies will be able to perform proper comparisons between different cloud options as well as looking at these new systems side-by-side with traditional operations. The result of this is that more organizations are able to benefit from cloud services as buyers and are able to avoid the mistakes of earlier adopters.

Experienced solution providers are able to adjust their offerings to meet the needs of a more cautious and educated marketplace. With the help of an IT consulting firm that specializes in cloud computing services, any organization can start taking steps toward deploying the latest innovations.