More businesses are beginning to integrate cloud services with their operational processes. According to ZDNet reporter Jack Clark, this has made the cloud more of an essential utility for businesses than a technology choice. As more companies make the transition from in-house to outsourced solutions, the cloud market itself will have to adapt to accommodate new business needs.
“How this shift plays out will determine the fates of many of the world’s leading technology companies – some stand to benefit and some stand to lose – and will fundamentally change how businesses are structured. It will also create a new and important commercial landscape,” Clark wrote.
Clark highlighted consolidation as a particularly likely result of this mounting trend. As more providers enter the market, it will become critical to find innovative ways of adding value to their offerings. Many smaller cloud providers have formed partnerships to not only add features but reduce development costs to expand on the technology’s existing strengths – efficiency and faster speed to deployment.
Lower upfront cost is frequently cited as an advantage to cloud database software and other services. As a CloudTweaks article recently reported, however, there are other advantages that have fostered rapid adoption rates among small- and medium-sized businesses.
“Whether it’s for personal or business use, small business owners are turning to cloud computing for both data and finance management and IT managers are finding this development in technology to be a convenient, time-saving system as well,” the article stated.
The cloud also provides SMBs with easily customized software and the ability to simplify file management, the article noted. This enables businesses to adopt features that are most essential to their needs while also increasing efficiency.