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39 Percent of Small Businesses to Move to Cloud
Microsoft Corp. released on the 25th of March its global “SMB Cloud Adoption Study 2011,” which investigates how cloud computing will impact small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the next three years. The research designed and conducted in conjunction with Edge Strategies, finds that 39 percent of SMBs expect to be paying for one or more cloud services within three years, an increase of 34 percent from the current 29 percent. It also finds that the number of cloud services SMBs pay for will nearly double in most countries over the next three years. The findings show an increasing opportunity for hosting service providers to profit in the cloud from offering services such as collaboration, data storage and backup, or business-class email. Whereas, today, the most popular services are business email with 10 percent and cloud-based accounting and payroll, with 14 percent -- in three years, email will have grown to 14 percent, while accounting will have jumped to 20 percent. However, three years from now, the survey estimates that collaboration services will have surged to second place with 17 percent, up from 8 percent today. In third place, file and data storage, including backup will grow from 8 percent to 15 percent share over the next three years, while Customer relationship management (CRM) services will pull out a tie with email at 14 percent.
The survey was conducted during December 2010 by technology consultancy Edge Strategies. The researchers queried more than 3,200 SMBs with between 2 and 250 employees in 16 countries globally.
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