How Can Cloud Grow Your Business
Is moving to cloud services right for your business? IT pros believe cloud services will be a top budget focus in 2013'. Take a look at how other business and IT professionals are focusing on
Move to cloud
- By early 2013, it is expected that 73% of SMBs will adopt cloud services.
- 63% of polled organizations plan to increase their IT budgets for cloud initiatives moving into 2013.
- 62% of SMBs are now using cloud services.
- This is up from 48% in the first half of 2012.
- 90% of small business owners believe that the cloud has helped them decrease expenditures and streamline operations.
How can cloud help
According to IBM's Chief Technology Officer:
- Cloud computing can reduce IT labor by 50% and improve capital utilization by 75%.
- 63% of cloud users expect to grow sales vs. 49% of non-cloud SMBs.
- 3.000 small to midsize businesses surveyed believe. The top 4 cloud computing benefits are: 1) Saving money; 2) Increased productivity; 3) Greater flexibility; 4) be more innovative.
- 60% of IT security pros were confident or very confident about the cloud's ability to prevent data theft or loss.
- Choosing a skilled partner for cloud services remains important, 60% said they don't have resources to implement new technologies and applications.
- Prepare to be happy! 70% of businesses believe that technology can make work enjoyable. That number is even higher among current cloud users.
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