If you run a small or midsize business (SMB), you’re likely wondering if migrating elements of your company’s data and systems from your local area network server to one of several cloud solution options is a smart move, but finding the time to evaluate your cloud computing choices can be a challenge.
Plus, there’s the daunting task of shifting and setting up your team with access. It’s enough to scare off any busy business owner or manager. However, successfully adopting cloud solutions can reap major rewards.
A recent global survey, conducted on behalf of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) by Coleman Parkes, revealed that some of the world’s most forward-thinking small and midsize businesses are already seeing beneﬁts of cloud adoption ﬂowing directly to their bottom line. Proactive decision-makers at these pioneering businesses claim leveraging the cloud has helped them address top priorities, including heightened security, faster growth, increased productivity, reduced costs, and improved customer service, retention, and acquisition.
In contrast to these proactive adopters, the moderate-minded businesses reported taking a more mainstream approach to adopting cloud technologies. Rather than taking risks right off the bat, these organizations are waiting until the business is ready to implement. Even more cautious businesses, what the study considers basic adopters, reported relying on guidance from external parties before making IT decisions.
Any business migrating elements of its systems to the cloud is faced with tough decisions about the different technology offerings and what data and applications should be placed there. While going to the public cloud and buying space on a shared server managed by a provider is generally quicker, easier, and more scalable than implementing a private cloud, private solutions may be preferable when regulations and security priorities rule an organization’s data management systems. A third option is to implement a hybrid of public and private cloud and traditional on-premise solutions. Many small and midsize businesses ﬁnd this type of hybrid IT environment to be the most cost- and resource-effective option while still enabling them to retain control.