Friday 13 July 2012
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can seek support from cloud computing specialists when contemplating a move to hosted services, it has been claimed.
Writing for Guardian Professional, AppLayer director David Organ said fears over the complexity of switching IT service delivery models dissuade many SMBs from modernising their infrastructure.
"SMBs are bombarded with messages about the cloud - how much time and money it can save them, and why they should use it. But doing it alone can be a daunting prospect," he stated.
Mr Organ suggested that, without specialist support to guide their move into the cloud, many firms will simply continue with their legacy IT indefinitely.
"The problem is that most heads of small businesses are already juggling so many balls – making contacts, securing funding, paying suppliers and employees – all while trying to make a profit," he said.
"They don't have the time to analyse the benefits of different IT systems. Adding one more metaphorical ball to the juggling act is often too much."
Mr Organ said that traditionally the cloud has played upon the fact that IT support is not needed to adopt cloud services, but it is still easier to turn to a cloud expert.
"The good news is that this is now easier than ever – cloud companies are realising that working with IT providers is a more effective way to reach the SMB market," he added.
"This means your IT support company is now better equipped to provide the right cloud solution for your business."
Posted by Alex Boardman