It’s evident that smaller enterprises can really benefit from cloud computing but there are several key considerations to take into account in order to maximise its effectiveness.
The first thing to note is that ‘cloud computing’ can be quite a nebulous term. It is not a new technology, but a new way to deliver IT. At its heart, rather than buying hardware or software as an asset, it is now possible to have IT on a pay-per-use basis.
SMB's tend to find this lack of upfront costs particularly attractive as they often have less capital available. They also tend to be changing a lot faster than their bigger competitors, making it advantageous to have IT that can keep up with this level of flexibility.
However, cloud adoption can pose particular challenges for SMBs that the wise procurer needs to consider.
Firstly, SMBs usually have limited internal resource to dedicate to IT. Skills, experience and financial restrictions often result in a greater level of dependence on the IT supplier to support not only the migration process, but also the maintenance when the new cloud service is in place.