Cloud computing, Infrastructure as a Service or whatever you want to call it, is getting bigger by the day. While previously you had only a couple of cloud-system providers to choose from, today you can install your own cloud system or choose a system from a variety of providers. Even big companies, which used to be server and system integrators, are now turning their businesses to providing cloud systems for small businesses as they are much more affordable.
On the other hand, small businesses aren’t likely to constantly choose different providers for this service, but are probably more likely to find that one trusted vendor and stick with it, right? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it applies here – if your system integrator is working for you, there’s no reason to change it. A recent study by an SMB analyst firm Techaisle confirmed this and found that 69 percent of SMB’s prefer to use a single trusted vendor for their cloud applications, while 43% of them found it challenging to coordinate multiple vendors for integration.
If we go back only a couple of years to 2010, you’ll see that in average, small businesses used only two cloud business applications, while in 2012 that number doubled. This data can be related to the fact that businesses are making sure the preparation for implementation goes smoohtly; training and strict SLA agreements are fundamentals for a successful system integration. The successful integration of cloud systems will ensure you a maximum return on investment. The analysis also showed that 54% of companies improved operational efficiency, 52% improved employee productivity and 52% of them improved connectivity with partners.
As for the future, most small businesses (63%) would like to easily modify integrations, 58% of them would like to enhance existing integrations and 54% of them would like integrated business analytics. The research shows it nicely, but you knew this already – cloud systems are going to be here for a while, so why not use them?
If you still need to be assured that cloud is the way to go, take a look at this infographic from Dell, which nicely presents all the data important to small businesses on cloud computing.