It looks 2012 is becoming the year of the 'Cloud'. I remember that years back people did talk about 24/7 online, easy data access, not bounded to certain device. It seems that many steps are currently taken into this direction.
We see the offering of CRM Online, Office 365, Scribe Online (RS & SYS) and also the competition is not sitting still and offers services like Oracle On Demand and Salesforce. I personally think we are on the right track, but still at the beginning. A lot of steps still have to be taken in the area of connected clouds together, integration and hybrid solutions (cloud & on-premise) .
There is also a down site to all this cloud business, people still worry about the safety of cloud, is my data still secure, is my privacy still guaranteed are just some frequently asked questions.
Also new laws to control the internet e.g. ACTA & SOPA might have negative effect on the development of cloud business. Nevertheless, this development would also raise awareness at companies to see that data have to be kept save and hopefully they start taking the topic more serious and come up with solution to keep our data safe.
Personally, I think the strength in the internet still is the ability to provide & share knowledge, which is a great asset and should not be bounded.
So, I am very eager to discover the cloud and experience it all.
Happy clouding :)