However, the reality is very different. Also from what I can gather it is small- and medium-sized businesses that are making all the running. Yes, we all hear of large banks and global enterprises taking the lead, but SMEs appear to be making the most of the benefits of switching over to cloud.
The obvious benefit is cost saving. In fact, this is perhaps the biggest benefit. Not only is it a lot cheaper to outsource, it also reduces the need for IT maintenance of a company’s own IT resources.
How much can an SME save by switching to cloud? Experts reckon this could be as much as 70%. The reason is simple. A company only pays for what is used or they pay a small monthly fee.
What’s more, any business, new or established, can now make use of web-based infrastructures without having to invest heavily. Moreover, cloud is so versatile that a new business can grow its IT needs as and when, without having to pay out more than necessary.
For instance, Google Apps for Businesses offers companies of any size all that is needed for very little monthly outlay. Furthermore, if training is required, an SME doesn’t need to go to the expense of training their employees; this can be carried out by specialist outside staff.
In many cases training can be kept in-house as the IaaS and SaaS providers often offer intuitive interfaces with their products. Therefore, employees effectively learn on the job.