SMEs Benefit From Cloud Computing and Mobile Processing
Cloud computing has provided an opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises/Businesses (SMEs/SMBs) to obtain cost effective and easily accessible way to incorporate more powerful and more reliable hardware and software programs into their operations.
It goes on to say that recent studies have shown that cloud technologies are helping them to prepare for disaster.
“According to 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey by Symantec Corp., the adoption of technologies like cloud computing, virtualization and mobility is assisting companies to improve their ability to recover from a disaster.”
Other survey results are as follows:
- More than 40 percent of SMBs are deploying public cloud in their operation;
- 43 percent are using private clouds;
- About 34 percent (one third) of SMBs have already implemented or are currently deploying server virtualization;
- About 71 percent of respondents said server virtualization has improved their disaster preparedness;
- 43 percent private and 41 percent public cloud adopted companies saw improvement in disaster planning;
- Mobile solutions have increased their planning by 36 percent.
“Today’s SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge, but also allow them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on,” said Steve of worldwide marketing for SMB and Cloud at Symantec Corp. “SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical. Technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops.”)
In addition, SMB Authority Market Sentiment Survey by Newtek Business Services showed that:
- 55 percent of SMB’s plan to use mobile, tablet or other similar devices in the near future;
- 33 percent of business owners are already using tablets for their business applications;
- 45 percent of owners favor buying tablets over laptops for their next technology purchase.
While we agree that cloud computing has provided unique processing capabilities for SMBs, it is not clear that there is sufficient capability to fill all of their needs at this time. Part of the challenge with Cloud Computing is that the hype enveloping this phenomenon makes it exceptionally difficult for CXO’s to make intelligent business decisions.
While we have seen a number of articles that combine mobile and cloud computing, we strongly suggest that these two topics are treated separately. Yes, there is a significant overlap, but in this particular article, the relationship between them is not addressed – it is as if the author came up with two topics and decided to write on both of those at the same time.
Call to Action
We recommend that the CXO treat the Cloud Computing opportunity as a straightforward business decision in which both benefit and risk are weighed appropriately. Yes, cloud computing can provide additional capabilities in many areas including disaster recovery, testing and commoditized operations processing. However, it is imperative that where critical business processes are concerned, additional due diligence is applied.