2015 expected to see SMBs embrace cloud

Posted by Casey Ward, Partner Development Manager

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December 18, 2014; 10:41 AM

Increased_interest_in_cloud_services_from_SMBs_for_2015The cloud is doing some incredible things for small businesses. Larger organizations have historically had more advantage over their SMB competitors, but the cloud is helping to change all of that. The cloud is more available and affordable to deploy than ever - regardless of how you choose to implement it. There is a wide variety of ways in which the cloud can be leveraged, including in the form of cloud communications.

"Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have depended on outside contractors for information technology services for several years," wrote BizTech Magazine contributor Jill Billhorn. "That's why the cloud fits in well with a small business strategy. When the bottom line simply can't afford large investments in internal staff or infrastructure, SMB owners can leave IT nuts and bolts to the experts."

It is expected that 2015 will be an excellent year for cloud adoptions in SMBs, namely when it comes to small business phone systems. As the technology continues to evolve and appear in enterprises around the world, companies will need to keep up with new developments and make modern implementations.

SMBs increasingly take to the cloud
CircleID contributor David Eisner believes that recent research indicates a major push for cloud services in the coming year.

"Expect 2015 to be a year of cloud outsourcing," Eisner wrote. "Beyond just accessing cloud services, many companies are now looking for ways to outsource and automate this technology."

Eisner cites statistics from IDC that indicate cloud spending will increase from $56 billion now to $127 billion in 2018. This means that 2015 is likely to see a great deal of growth in the acquisition of cloud technology in all its forms.

Cloud will be essential for small business
The cloud has helped to revolutionize the lives of millions, but it is also an incredible business asset. This is especially true for SMBs, who have long been required to live in the shadow of major organizations.

"[The cloud is] designed for fast deployment so your firm can get applications up and running quickly – helping you focus on your business instead of computing infrastructure," wrote FOX Business contributor Chris Strammiello.

With this in mind, SMBs should be taking a look at areas of their businesses that are in need of an update. Things like communications systems can be vastly improved upon by introducing the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Communication