Cloud adoption today
Adoption rates and forecasts for the much-hyped technology of cloud computing are all over the map. Goldman Sachs say one thing, Forrester say another. We looked at a Spiceworks survey of over 1,500 IT professionals that shows that smaller companies are more willing to move their technology to the cloud. The top line: 24 percent said they are using or planning to move to the cloud. Despite this, 62 percent still said they are not currently using the cloud and have no plans to use it. The biggest turn-off appeared to be concerns over unproven technology, something which is sure to change as technology becomes more trusted and more established.
The reality is that SMBs have been on the cloud for some time now, and are the main drivers of the largest and fastest growth trajectory surrounding cloud technology. Adopting SaaS early on, many SMBs have contributed to the rapid expansion of SaaS providers like Salesforce.com. Now small and medium businesses are looking to put much of their IT into the cloud, if only for the sole reason of saving money.
Why is the cloud suited to SMBs?
While larger organizations and government agencies are busy sorting out security, privacy, compliance and control issues, the decision to go cloud for small businesses is an easy one. In many cases they cannot justify or afford the large CapEx of traditional IT. They also typically have less existing infrastructure, less bureaucracy, more flexibility, and smaller capital budgets for purchasing in-house technology. Similarly, SMBs in emerging markets are typically unburdened by established legacy infrastructures, thus reducing the complexity of deploying cloud solutions.
A brighter future
Without the opportunities available in the cloud, most SMBs would have to go without core enterprise systems such as CRM, ERP, calendar sharing, e-mail, and even business intelligence. But what they have come to realize early on, is that all of these can be enjoyed out of the cloud for a few dollars a day.
What’s more, the increasing availability of clouds have opened opportunities for small technology-oriented startups to rent virtual data centers and avoid the huge investment needed to purchase hardware, software, and rent data center space. A million dollars used to be the minimum for a start-up to prepare for its development... With the options in cloud computing today, that money can be put to better use elsewhere.
Unfortunately many cloud computing providers and cloud application vendors are overlooking the emerging SMB market and just concentrating on the big players. We think we’ve positioned Bime to benefit both - and especially SMBs. Bime’s low prices and ease of use make it perfect for a start-up or a medium sized enterprise. But that is not to say it isn’t essential for larger enterprises too - among some of our larger customers are ArcelorMittal and the Adysa Group.