This IDC study provides an overview of IDC's forecast for the Canadian public IT cloud services market. This study is an update to Canadian Public IT Cloud Services: 2013–2017 Forecast Update (IDC #CA2CCS13, August 2013). This study includes forecasts for total revenue for different cloud service delivery models and key segments for2014–2018. IDC's analysis of Canada's public cloud market leverages data from cloud vendors, interviews with industry stakeholders, and survey data from buyers of IT services.
2014 was a pivotal year for the Canadian cloud market. After surpassing the C$1 billion mark in 2013, the cloud market maintained strong momentum last year. There is a wide range of successes in the industry, including the leading Canadian banks and communication firms such as The Star and Global Media, as well as a long-standing base of cloud computing vendors, SMBs, high-tech firms, and start-ups. 2014 also saw major announcements for in-Canada delivery by some of the largest software players such as salesforce.com, SAS, and SAP. IDC is expecting the same theme in 2015, with the anticipation of Amazon Web Services setting up shop in Canada. "More importantly, cloud has begun to expand from a siloed usage to hybrid computing that integrates multiple public and private vendors and on-premise legacy technologies. Hybrid cloud will be a major story for 2015 and holds the potential to unlock the true value that cloud can deliver to Canadian companies," says Mark Schrutt, research vice president, IT Services and Enterprise Applications.