There are many reasons why businesses adopt cloud services. SMEs, much like larger enterprises, consider cloud adoption particularly because of the associated cost savings. Because of this consideration, businesses are moving an increasing number of services to the cloud – upfront costs are reduced and cloud services are often reasonably priced.
However, this isn’t the only reason why businesses, particularly small and medium businesses, are moving to the cloud. There are other important considerations (and benefits) that we think you need to hear about. Cloud adoption for your business could offer the following:
- Revenue growth
- Reduced long-term IT cost – shift from CapEx to OpEx
- Greater agility in evolving markets
- Reduced time-to-market
- Improve collaboration and information exchange
- Increase innovation
These drivers, aside from cost savings and consolidating IT resources, are the reason why businesses are moving to the cloud. Supporting business goals is essential to cloud adoption. In fact, before investing in the cloud you must first consider which of your business applications could be enhanced as a result. Most recently, we have found that businesses most value a functional fit over cost savings. But, system cost and availability of services are also important considerations.
In our experience the categories of cloud services that have enjoyed the most widespread adoption in the past year are those related to Collaboration software (e.g., email, calendaring, contacts, instant messaging, Web conferencing, team collaboration).
Collaboration is key for modern SMEs, and this category is closely followed by content management software (e.g., web content management, document management, records management), and business intelligence software (e.g., analytics, reporting, data mining, dashboards, business performance management).
We know that SMEs value cloud services for the benefits stated above. We also know that cloud service adoption is evaluated based on whether one service or another would help achieve business goals. It’s all very well going for the latest offer, but it’s important to recognise the tangible benefits the cloud brings to achieving your business goals. The cloud is, after all, a strategic investment and it will help your business greatly to take a strategic approach to cloud service adoption. So, why not get in touch with us to find out how we can help your business find tangible benefits in the cloud?