Looking to leverage technology in a way that offers immediate access, simplified control, and enhanced protection of your company’s data? Trends may come and go, but when it comes to technology, they often predict the future of business success. According to The Small Business Revolution: Trends in SMB Cloud Adoption, over 64 percent of SMBs currently use cloud-based software, with 78 percent considering purchasing new solutions within the next two to three years. It’s no secret that SMBs everywhere are jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon and for good reason. The technology, which has been mainstream for almost a decade, can transform SMBs in several powerful ways.
Fifty percent of business leaders worldwide believe the cloud enhances the agility of their business operations. This increased dexterity stems from the cloud’s ability to scale business computing resources up or down to meet demands, facilitate remote working environments, and streamline operations. For SMBs, the cloud can reduce or eliminate upfront investments while utilizing the latest software and platforms.
When it comes to the security of cloud computing, people often take one of two sides: skepticism toward data ownership or confidence in the architecture and security options of vetted vendors. A 2015 study conducted by Exact and Pb7 Research found that security was actually the top reason small businesses wanted to implement cloud software in the first place.
There are several factors that make the cloud more secure than traditional systems, including strong surveillance perimeters, controlled access, cyber-security expertise, and thorough auditing. No individual or business is totally safe from the dangers of a digital world, but businesses can take steps to reduce the risk, and migrating to the cloud is a good place to start.
Big or small, saving money is a concept that every business can get behind. Thanks to subscription pricing models, innovative software solutions like the cloud are no longer limited to big business. Cloud computing fully utilizes hardware, granting small businesses a decreased need for rack space and power usage, as well as reduced IT requirements, meaning lower installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade, and support costs. But how much can businesses really save by adopting cloud software? According to a report by Computer Economics, businesses that use cloud computing save more than 15 percent in IT spending, whether measured as a percentage of revenue or on a per-user basis.
The advantages of cloud computing for SMBs don’t end here. Businesses that adopt cloud computing can expect to see increased flexibility and collaboration, enhanced disaster recovery and document control, reduced technical issues, and more. As new business applications continue to emerge, the cloud will remain the best way to access them.
As great as cloud computing sounds, not all systems are equal. Microsoft’s Cloud is particularly useful for SMBs, as it offers the ability to unleash greater insights, transform teamwork, and enable innovative and secure IT solutions. If you’re ready to adopt a cloud computing system for your small business, DMS is prepared to find the best solution for your business needs.