Cloud computing and mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, appear to be taking the IT industry by storm. A recent survey conducted by CommScope found that nearly three-fourths of IT managers polled are adopting cloud-based applications, with 44 percent naming the solution a “game changer.” More than 40 percent of all phone calls beginning at an enterprise location involve a mobile phone.
The connection between cloud computing and mobile devices is strong. Businesses supporting both can maintain a mobile workforce that can access work-related documents anywhere with an internet connection. CommScope found, however, that only 30 percent of respondents said their companies’ carriers can handle their mobile traffic, with more than 75 percent of participants reporting that employees have to go outside for a better signal.
Kevin Cyr, senior vice president at CommScope, explained that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is placing greater strain on IT infrastructures.
“The pace of mobility adoption by consumers – and thus the workforce and company visitors – has outrun the infrastructure and practices in place within enterprise facilities to support it,” Cyr said. “This also factors heavily into the uptick in a majority of survey respondents confirming deployment of cloud-based applications.”
SMBs should embrace both cloud computing and mobility
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may lack the resources of large firms, but they can still take full advantage of innovative and affordable solutions like cloud computing. Rather than forcing users to purchase on-site systems that require upfront capital investments, the cloud includes a subscription-based pricing model so clients are charged only for what they consume.
In addition to leveraging hosted environments to their advantage, SMBs can also support BYOD to keep employees happy and productive. A recent CloudTweaks report indicated that SMBs should not wait any longer to get on board with cloud computing and mobile devices. The news source cited a study that found that 80 percent of consumers now use smartphones when shopping. Another survey found that 64 percent people prefer businesses that have their own mobile applications.
Cloud computing and mobile devices have struck a chord with companies of all sizes. Firms that continue to wait on the sidelines may find themselves at a competitive disadvantage if rivals are enjoying the advantages of both technologies. Even the smallest businesses, with limited spending capabilities, can adopt hosted environments without worrying about going over budget.