SMBs need to look beyond the classic deliverables of Cloud Computing: they need to see that it also gives them a golden opportunity to explore new ways of working, embracing collaborative applications such as IP telephony, video conferencing and presence-based Unified Communications as well as enabling greater mobility and flexibility.
These are transformational technologies that in the traditional IT model would be the preserve of enterprise; with the Cloud they are accessible to all and can deliver significant competitive advantage.
Some 71% of SMBs in the UK require technology that enables their staff to work anywhere, at any time: location should not define productivity and the Cloud can really help enable the modern office, and maximise output through support for flexible working.
We have just created a new educational video in conjunction with Microsoft SMB Small and Midmarket Solutions, focusing on the future of IT for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs). It highlights how the early adopters of Cloud-based managed services such as Pertemps, the recruitment firm, are already reaping substantial gains in terms of reduced IT costs, improved performance, greater resilience and new found agility and responsiveness.
The video is a good introduction to both the proven abilities of the Cloud and its future potential for delivering even greater business value. If you’re an SMB considering your IT strategy moving forward, then please click here to watch the video. If you like it, please click ‘Like’ and share this link with other SMBs who would find it useful:
Nigel Redwood is managing director at e-know.net, a long-time Microsoft Gold Partner and an early pioneer of managed and Cloud-based services. Today, e-know.net is one of the UK’s leading managed service providers, delivering services from its
state-of the-art, Tier 3 data centre in Telford. It offers a range of outsourced solutions from bespoke Managed Desktops through to the delivery of enterprise software on a software-as-a-service basis. It partners with customers and allow them to focus 100% on their business by taking responsibility for 'all things IT' – communications, networks, applications, support, even strategy. Key sectors include legal, recruitment, finance, manufacturing and SMBs.