Forrester 2011 Predictions

2011 – The Year of Cloud Computing and BI?

Jessica Thornsby

Forrester analyst predicts big things for cloud computing and business intelligence next year.

Forrester analyst Holger Kisker has published his predictions for 2011 and, after the recent
recession, things could be looking up for the software industry
next year. Of 2,400 respondents surveyed in North America and
Europe, 22% were planning to increase their software budgets by
between 5% and 10%, with spending on new software licenses
increasing from 23% to 26%. Custom-development budgets also seem
set to rise from 23% to 24%. “Companies will invest a significant
part of the additional budget into new solutions,” Kisker
concludes.

And what about hot topic cloud computing in 2011? Kisker found
that 44% of those surveyed were implementing, or planning to
implement, SaaS solutions, although only 20% of those were planning
to take the plunge and replace existing on-premise solutions with
public cloud SaaS services. However, there will be another hot
topic next year, according to Forrester: business intelligence.
Over 49% of the companies taking part in the survey stated they had
plans to implement or expand their use of business intelligence
software over the next 24 months.

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