By 2020, 78% of small businesses will be taking advantage of cloud computing, according to a recent Microsoft SMB study.
It’s safe to say that more and more CIOs, MDs and CTOs are looking to expand their business and trust in the cloud. Smaller businesses have found it difficult to understand why the cloud is beneficial, often fearing the unknown due to the complicated technical nature of it. Their fears are particularly in focus when it comes to data, security and compliance, believing that if they can’t see a physical server that houses all their company information, it’s not safe.
In recent years, SMBs have come to realise the potential of moving their data into the cloud, safe in the knowledge that if companies like the Ministry of Defence, UK Banks and their competitors are storing data in there, they should be too.
WHY CLOUD COMPUTING IS IDEAL FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Cloud computing is the best thing for small business since the creation of the stapler, giving them access to data and applications, anywhere and anytime, from any mobile device at a reasonable price. The cloud gives small businesses access to technologies previously out of their reach and helps them compete with both small businesses and larger ones.
For small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), the benefits of cloud computing are endless. It saves them both time and money by boosting productivity, improving collaboration and promoting innovation.
In the cloud you can access files, work remotely as though you were in the office, and even collaborate remotely. Even if you’re away from work, or your office server is inaccessible, data in the cloud is always up to date and available wherever, whenever.
MAKING THE MOVE TO THE CLOUD
Chances are you aren’t ready to move to the cloud or are still sceptical of how it can benefit you. According to a recent survey conducted by CRN, 40% of IT professionals said that less than half of their UK customer base were currently using cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.
While this isn’t reflective of all UK IT professionals and their customers, some SMBs are reluctant to move their traditional on-premises solutions and migrate to the cloud due to several factors. The cost of migrating a small business can put a substantial dent in the yearly budget, there’s also the potential downtime, and the technical expertise they’d need to employ or outsource. So, why should you embrace the cloud?
CLOUD SERVICES TAILORED FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
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