Anyone who’s been paying attention to technology news knows this has been a big year for cloud computing, which remains one of the IT “megatrends,” along with mobility, social media and big data. Here are some of the cloud-related news highlights from the past year:

In a survey by Evans Data Corp. released in January, developers reported that the use of cloud platforms reduces overall development time by nearly 15 percent on average, representing time savings approaching one entire day in a typical five-day work week. The Evans study showed that improvements in development speed and efficiency appear to be among the key drivers motivating developers to embrace cloud platforms as their development environment of choice.

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