Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) aim to use cloud computing as a tool for growth in 2013, it has been claimed.
According to the Orlando Advocate, such companies are looking to squeeze more productivity out of limited time, staffing and resources.
And they are looking for efficiencies within their IT function, with hosted services high on the agenda for many firms.
"Having the right tools to improve communication and collaboration can make even the most challenging things, such as increasing that bottom line, seem more manageable," the news provider claimed.
"A cloud-powered small business is more nimble and prepares you to adapt to changing business needs - now and in the future."
The Advocate said finding the right business tools is an important task for SMBs.
They need to offer additional functionality, but also complement the solutions already in use within the enterprise, it suggested.
If this is the case, cloud services can help SMBs focus on what they are best at, rather than worrying about IT.
This can have a positive impact on service levels.
According to Proformative, there is "no question" that hosted services will further gain in popularity in 2013 and beyond.
The news provider said non-users will find it increasingly difficult to persist with traditional IT delivery approaches in the coming months and years.
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