As the traditional role of the CIO keeps evolving, 2019 promises higher pressure on them to deliver IT solutions that will meet the expectations of customers, partners and employees. According to IDC, almost half of IT spending will be cloud-based in 2018, "reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services and technology spending by 2020." It is imperative for CIOs to see cloud computing as a critical element of their competitiveness, not just as a cost that needs to be carefully managed. In 2019, CIOs will have to balance the capabilities of the newest cloud technology while focusing on security. There will be an explosion of new cloud services and solutions, and here are some stats to prove it.