CNBC's Mom and Pop Shops Flying to the Cloud does an excellent job of describing how and why small businesses are rapidly moving to cloud based tools. Key quote:
Welcome to a new era of computing, where silos are giving way to standards ... Small shops with little to no money to spend on technology can subscribe to modern software for a few bucks a month without the need for a separate consulting budget.
The growth of cloud based tools is one of the key drivers of the shift to the cloud, particularly since most vendors have shifted their development efforts towards cloud tools and away from traditional on premise tools.
More simply put, most new business applications products are cloud based. So if you want to use the newest and latest applications, you are going to use the cloud.
There are other drivers of the shift to the cloud, including:
- The shift to mobile computing is increasingly requiring cloud storage so files are easily available across multiple devices and geographies.
- increasing collaboration across teams, geographies and organizations is leading to the growing use of cloud based collaboration tools.
- Cloud uptime and reliability are improving, reducing concerns about the use of cloud applications.
- The cost of cloud computing and cloud based tools continues to decline.