For all of the impressive results associated with cloud computing and mobile solutions, some small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are still not taking full advantage of these effective technologies. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers by SolarWinds found that more than a third of SMBs have no plans whatsoever to implement a cloud policy. Another 39 percent do not trust cloud deployments because of access concerns, while a third simply do not understand the benefits of using hosted environments.
SolarWinds also found that nearly half of respondents do not have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, with 58 percent of these decision-makers reporting they do not believe BYOD is necessary for their firms. More than 40 percent believe BYOD poses a security risk.
Sanjay Castelino, vice president and market leader at SolarWinds, said SMBs, especially those in the U.K., have a chance to take advantage of scalable and cost-effective technologies like cloud computing and BYOD.
“The benefits of cloud computing and BYOD have long been heralded for improving business flexibility, agility and results,” Castelino said.
Cloud, mobile solutions allow firms to do more with less
A report by market research firm IDC said that IT spending during the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013 failed to meet previous expectations due to the U.S. government sequester, European debt crisis and other factors. However, IT budgets are projected to increase approximately 5 percent this year, exceeding $2 trillion, thanks to BYOD and cloud computing. IDC said that these solutions have cannibalized the PC and software/IT services sectors during the past two quarters.
“The trickle of substitution is becoming a flood, as many organizations look for ways to do more with less in the context of an uncertain economy in which CFOs are attempting to protect profitability by limiting the size of budget increases,” said Stephen Minton, vice president of IDC’s global technology & industry research organization.
Executives still hesitant to embrace these innovative technologies should consider how their firms can benefit from these agile options. Organizations of all sizes that want to empower their workforces while simultaneously keeping mission-critical data safe can do so with mobile solutions and cloud backup, allowing staff members to access work-related documents anywhere with an Internet connection, regardless of location.