bendoverDespite the advances in technology over the last few years, it seems that many smaller businesses are still resisting Cloud adoption – largely because they are not clear on the benefits available, and are somewhat set in their ways. However, what few of these companies realise is that Cloud computing will inevitably become part of their business at some point in the future, no matter how hard they resist.

Cost management

The truth is that implementing and maintaining in-house IT systems is expensive. Worse still, the costs associated with in-house IT are rising all the time, as systems become ever more complex and data storage needs increase.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that some vendors are increasing prices of their on-site systems in an effort to drive Cloud adoption, making it even more difficult for small businesses to retain their in house systems.

Software obsolescence

As well as raising prices, many vendors appear to be moving away from local software by offering extra functionality to their Cloud subscribers. Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering gives subscribers access to tools which are not included in the boxed equivalent.

Microsoft are also aggressively moving users to their Office 365 product using attractive pricing to undercut their own boxed product (Office 2013). The ultimate goal is to do away with boxed software altogether, perhaps in the not too distant future.

With this in mind, the only choice facing businesses is whether they embrace Cloud computing now, or wait as their choices become more and more limited. If you need help making that decision, get in touch with the Broadband Cloud Solutions team on 0141 585 6363.

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