In 2010, cloud computing matured and became a prominent, mainstream technology in the enterprise. According to a recent ZDNet report, 2011 will be noted for the cloud's continued maturation and overwhelming impact on businesses. By the time the year is over, the cloud will have transformed numerous process and created an important revolution in the technology industry, the report said.

One of the first areas impacted by the cloud revolution will be software development, the report said, as companies shift their design focus toward mobile devices. Cloud computing has coupled with increased mobile device deployment to create powerful mobile applications that business users are using to maximize their productivity.

According to the report, software development has traditionally focused on desktop and laptop environments first. This is changing because more business users are turning to mobile devices and the cloud is empowering smartphones and tablets to run complex programs. As a result, mobile-first is becoming the rallying call of developers who are quickly turning their efforts away from desktops and emphasizing mobile deployment in the software design process, the report said.

The report also expects the public cloud model to become more popular because many private clouds will fail to meet expectations in the new year. The report said some private cloud models fail to deliver the benefits associated with public clouds, leaving companies disappointed with the technology. The shortcomings of private clouds could result in increased popularity for public cloud options, the report said.

The report also expects the cloud's relationship with IT management to improve over the course of 2011. Older cloud models used to be hidden away in the data center, leaving companies with little knowledge of where their information was, how the vendor worked and what their service level agreement entailed. As the cloud has grown and competition has increased between vendors, companies are experiencing a sense of transparency and openness in the industry. This is removing some of the fear associated with the cloud and giving businesses more power to negotiate service level agreements, the report said.

According to a recent report from CRM Buyer, many companies have struggled with the cloud because they could not find a vendor to match their needs. That is changing because the technology has become so economically profitable that businesses are willing to take more vendor-related risks, the report said.