They may be small in terms of the number of employees, but small businesses
stand to reap big benefits when it comes to cloud computing.
Cloud is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a small business trying to grow
quickly. If you are an entrepreneur or own a small business, here are some
reasons compiled by SmartDataCollective.com, why cloud computing would be a
Less Startup Costs
Many potential entrepreneurs are inhibited by the huge upfront costs required
in order to get a business up and running. Investing in technology can be
particularly consuming, but with the cloud, it doesn't have to be. A cloud
database can provide everything from the basic infrastructure to ready-to-use
applications, so business owners only have to plug in and go.
IT Maintenance Outsourcing
Maintenance is a huge long-term cost that eats up the business owner's time
if they are do... (more)
Talk about TMI.
Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much
information and not enough storage capacity, according to an article on
With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage
capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according
to a report from cloud-integrated storage solutions specialist TwinStrata.
The survey found that 37 percent of respondents have been using cloud
computing for three or more years, more than a one-third increase over last
year's 27 percent number. When compare... (more)
A new survey suggests that as cloud moves into the mainstream of business, it
brings new sources of anxiety as well. This disruption and the dramatic shift
in cloud computing intentions over the past few years is revealed in
a report by Saugatuck Technology.
"Buying and deployment patterns have shifted rapidly toward a near full
embrace of the cloud, from the more tactical and point solution-focused
initiatives not long ago," writes Bill McNee, author of the report.
Saugatuck Technology conducted in-depth interviews with CIOs and CTOs at 12
large organizations. The CIOs and CTOs ... (more)
As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud
deployments, and money is pouring in, according to a recent post on
The cloud is in the process of crossing from the experimental phase to
production systems that businesses can rely upon. Yet his has not been an
overnight occurrence: Enterprises have been quietly getting smart about cloud
computing technology and applying it where appropriate, according to
InfoWorld's David Linthicum.
Companies both big and small are making a move to the cloud.
"There are now careers, share prices and bonuses tie... (more)
Not only are more businesses adopting some form of cloud technology, they are
feeling better doing it. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers found that
85 percent felt more positive about the benefits of using cloud computing, up
from 72 percent in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The survey, conducted by IT industry association CompTIA, found that more
than eight in 10 companies use some form of cloud technology. For many
companies, the cloud is defined by a SaaS offering like Web email, but almost
a quarter reported that cloud components made up between 30 percent... (more)