by Christophe Primault
Published on 2 February 2012
In Part 1, we looked at the hot Cloud-based application categories that are likely to get the most tractions with small businesses
In this article, we focus on the most importnat underlying trends in small business cloud computing.
The right conditions are met for Cloud mainstream adoption - SMB-Group
The SMB-Group has identified several factors that have coalesced to create the right conditions for cloud computing's increased popularity:
Increasingly, small businesses that want to use technology to move their businesses ahead are looking at moving to the to the cloud
Cloud-based business apps are actually designed for businesses - gaebler.com
While the last generation of business software was created to optimize the back-office (i.e. making accounting easier and keeping up with tax rules), this year's crop of business software will focus on creating value for small businesses, connecting customers and suppliers in a network and making it easier for small business owners (not their accountant) to do business.
Additionally, Cloud based apps get easier to use each day and the best part is that as the development team makes a change, businesses immediately benefit.
A solution like BrightPearl is a great example of this new breed of cloud-based apps.
Mobile use extends beyond email to business applications - SMB-Group
In a research by the SMB-Group, small businesses indicated that they plan to significantly increase spending on mobile devices and services in the next 12 months, with the highest jump in the 5-to-49-employee size band. The study revealed that with mobile use of collaboration apps (email, calendar, etc.) now mainstream, small businesses are "mobilizing business".
Some of the strongest categories for small business current and planned mobile app use are mobile payments (52%), time management (59%), online field service (59%), and customer information management (69%). This rapid uptake will also include more vertical apps that are a perfect fit for industry-specific needs, especially given the choice of both smart phone and tablet form factors.
HTML5 is shifting how we look at apps and software - Small Business Trends
Right now, the browser is central to how we use web-based solutions, but as more users operate remotely and via mobile devices, there is solid evidence that the browser could go away, or at least become dramatically different from what we experience today.
This is not really a prediction, but HTML5 makes it possible to add functionality to the browsing experience. If Adobe's recent decision is any indication of the trend, they terminated their mobile Flash development work to migrate to HTML5. Apple and Steve Jobs have long refused to work with Adobe's Flash.
Many businesses will follow the federal agencies' "cloud first" policy - Cloud Business Review
US Government instructs Federal agencies to adopt "cloud-first" policy whenever possible - considering the best cloud solutions to cut the Gov't IT budget; it is a success. So, expect businesses to adopt the same "cloud-first" policy when considering new system purchases.
Cloud adoption is going global - Montclair Advisors
If the US is still leading the pack in terms of Cloud apps adoption, there is evidence that countries like the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia in Europe but also Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, China will continue to build on the Cloud market's growing global momentum.
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