In the world of cloud computing a lot has changed over the past 12 months, it looks like things won't be slowing down any in 2013. James Staten of Forrester took a look at the state of the cloud computing industry and offered ten predictions for the coming year.

Enterprises’ Cloud Move

The predictions appear in a Forrester blog post and carry some interesting sights, some of which we already saw this week when we looked at the impact cloud computing is having on business and how business is changing the way we think about cloud computing. Staten’s analysis fits in nicely. 

The survey found that the idea of enterprises and even SMBs still contemplating a move to the cloud is completely outdated, and that nearly half of all enterprises in Europe will set aside budgets for cloud computing over the next year, with just as many software managers looking at deployment of cloud applications over the same period.

Over the next year, he says, enterprises will stop speculating about the virtues of cloud computing and get down to the dirty business of actually incorporating cloud services and platforms into the enterprises and into formal IT portfolios.

This will entail a change in business cultures and approaches to cloud investments.

The following ten predictions he says, come from Forrester cloud playbook (Forrester's information site on all things cloud -- contributors who were asked to offer their opinions. From these opinions, the top ten opinions, or trends, have been identified:

1. Realistic Architecture

Enterprises now have enough cloud savvy to start implementing cloud strategies and deployments without having expectations that are too high or too low of what will be achieved. With IT departments, enterprises will start making architecturally realistic decisions about these deployments.

2. Cloud and Mobile

The cloud and mobile will become one -- as all mobile apps will be working through Internet accessed back-end services. These services will not be living in data-centers for fear of breaching firewalls. They will however, fit with cloud-based back-end services that can elastically respond to mobile client engagements. Any SaaS application that does not have a mobile client will have one next year.

3. SLAs

Enterprises will have to look beyond SLAs for protection and ensure that applications can protect themselves. The cloud facilitates this by enabling application design and configuration that builds resiliency into apps. Doing this will ultimately save enterprises large chunks of money usually spent on SLA fees.