Cloud 2023: Looking back and predicting the future

Part of the On Cloud Podcast series

What's happening with cloud in 2023? AI, a focus on ROI and optimization are all 2023 trends that will almost certainly carry into the second half of the year and beyond.

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This is 2023 in cloud: current trends and a look at what’s on the horizon

Cloud is always changing, and in those changes lie great opportunities to return value to the business. In this episode, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis sit down to review those opportunities and debate cloud trends so far in 2023. They also try their hand at making predictions for the second half of the year and beyond. They touch on all the hot topics, from the impact of generative AI, cloud value and ROI to cost optimization via meta- and super clouds.


[Success is] about defining the business value in terms of your ability to understand what this stuff is going to bring in terms of value back to the business.

As the chief cloud strategy officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, David Linthicum is responsible for building innovative technologies that help clients operate more efficiently while delivering strategies that enable them to disrupt their markets.

Mike Kavis is the chief cloud architect in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Cloud practice, responsible for helping clients implement cloud strategy and architecture to drive digital transformation.


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Cloud, in context

Cloud is more than technology. It’s about making cloud work for your business. Our hosts, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis, deliver their unique perspectives around the technology, business, and culture of cloud to help you achieve your cloud goals. Topics range from an enterprise-level, strategic look at cloud to practical information on the people, processes, and technology that can make cloud work better for your organization.

David is a top cloud influencer and author of 13 books plus thousands of articles on cloud. Mike is the author of two books, including the recently published Accelerating Cloud Adoption, and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. They know cloud. Listen to the Deloitte On Cloud podcast to get the information you need to achieve your possible with cloud.

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