Last year, Salesforce.com UK did a post on the 10 Benefits of Cloud Computing that put forward various reasons as to why small business end users are making the move to cloud. While flexibility made the top of their list, I think that connectivity is just as important.
I have the opportunity to attend numerous industry events, but a recent one left me wondering…
“Cloud” has been a buzzword within the industry for the past decade. In fact, some even claim it’s “old news.” And while others may be looking to the next big thing, visionaries in the space view the cloud movement as the first step of a monumental shift in both the IT industry and the world. This shift is driven by connections with other waves of innovation as established technologies (such as mobility) continue to evolve and new movements like the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to rise. Cloud will play a major role in fueling efficiency, profitability and collaboration in the very near future.
Traditionally, small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have been the late adopters on the innovation bell curve. With finite resources, SMBs are more careful in terms of risk-taking and are often reluctant to implement new technology. However, times are changing and the vast majority of small businesses are eager to adopt new, cutting-edge solutions—including cloud services. According to Forbes, 78 percent of U.S. small businesses will have fully adopted cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the 37 percent rate in 2015.1
As many organizations have experienced, cloud service offerings have disrupted the traditional Information Technology (IT) acquisition model—and it’s just the beginning. According to Cisco, 59% of cloud workloads in 2019 will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads—an increase of 14% from 2014.1 As more IT services migrate to the cloud, resellers, Managed Service Providers (MSPs), distributors and vendors are adjusting operations to thrive in the new cloud marketplace. The most successful businesses of tomorrow are already leading the movement to the cloud marketplace and evolving their business model accordingly by capitalizing on four different opportunities: implementing subscription processing infrastructure, mastering the go-to-market strategy, billing consolidation, and educating end users.