The future is … App Stores (oh and Cloud)

Yesterday I was presenting on the Windows Azure Platform to Microsoft ISVs in Manchester (slides and links from an earlier delivery). One of the areas I covered was the Windows Azure Application Marketplace and more specifically how important I felt it was for UK ISVs to explore and embrace the concept of marketplaces for B2C and B2B (I feel I need to post on this … watch this space). Hence I was interested to see Gartner put App Stores firmly in their Top 10 strategic technologies for 2012  list.

As reported on OnWindows

App stores and marketplaces: Gartner forecasts that by 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile application downloads from app stores every year. This will grow from a consumer-only phenomena to an enterprise focus.


Cloud computing: the cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries. While the market remains in its early stages in 2011 and 2012, it will see the full range of large enterprise providers fully engaged in delivering a range of offerings to build cloud environments and deliver cloud services. As Microsoft continues to expand its cloud offering, and traditional enterprise players do the same, users will see competition heat up and enterprise-level cloud services increase.
Enterprises are moving from trying to understand the cloud to making decisions on selected workloads to implement on cloud services and where they need to build out private clouds. Hybrid cloud computing which brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum will be a major focus for 2012.

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