Four in Ten SME's Planning Cloud Computing
Almost four in Ten of SMEs are expected to be pay for one or more cloud services within three years, according to a Microsoft report.
The IT vendor announced the results of its third annual worldwide study into how SMEs will use cloud services over the next three years. A total of 3,258 companies with 2-250 employees were surveyed in 16 countries.
The survey revealed that 39 per cent of SMEs expect to make the move to the cloud, for one or more services within three years, an increase of 34 per cent from today (29 per cent).
Marco Limena, a vice president of business channels at Microsoft, said: "Cloud adoption will be gradual, and SMEs will continue to operate using a hybrid model with an increasing blend between off-premises and traditional on-premises infrastructure, for the foreseeable future."
"As cloud computing becomes more ubiquitous and SMEs' existing IT becomes outdated, adoption will grow rapidly. Hosting service providers should consider the appropriate sales, delivery and support models to target larger SME customers that are more likely to pay for cloud services."
Other findings of the report include:
-Those SMEs paying for cloud services will be using 3.3 services - up from less than two services today
-82 per cent of SMEs say that buying cloud services from a provider with local presence is important
-The larger the business, the more likely it is to pay for cloud services. For example, 56 per cent of companies with 51-250 or more employees may pay for an average of 3.7 services in three years' time
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