Cloud Computing: Are Small Businesses Embracing The Technology?

Almost two decades ago, the advent of Internet and Information Technology has revolutionized the world and now Cloud Computing has radically transformed the way companies conduct business.
Cloud computing is a game changer for the next decade and the day is not far away when on-premise, traditionally licensed apps will become a thing of the past.
According to CDW’s Cloud Computing Tracking Poll, 84% of organizations are using at least one cloud application and 76% of small business cloud users say they have reduced the cost of applications moved to the cloud, saving an average of 24% annually. The  company has prepared a mini-deck that summarizes small business findings from the tracking poll survey.
Cloud Computing can boost productivity: Cloud computing has impacted everything from agriculture to education and it offers retrieval of information from anywhere, anytime. Many businesses are bullish about the uptake of cloud technologies. Particularly, it is great time for small businesses to  consider cloud computing. It has turned attractive to small and medium- sized  enterprises because with cloud computing they could cater the additional demand  from their IT setup onto the cloud while paying only for usage and saving hundreds of dollars for being unencumbered by the load of operation and  management.
Cloud computing has so much to offer to small business, whether it is data  storage and sharing ( Dropbox, Google Doc, Jungle  Disk ), communication ( Voice Over Internet Protocol  services like Skype, Google Voice, Panasonic’s  Cloud Business Phone System  ), and other business cloud computing  services (QuickBooks Online, BizCom’s cloud-based fax solution ).
Cloud computing and risks: I admire the fact that now small businesses can play as equals with big businesses, simply because enterprise solutions are now made cheaper and more available than before. However, security is still an issue; more of ‘where’ and ‘how’ you access that data in the clouds. To minimize your risks, you should not use a public wifi to check on your cloud computing solutions, take data backed up on multiple sources–your office computers, and discuss the risk mitigation with your service provider.
The future of cloud computing is secure and growing stronger with more supporters every day. In this cut- throat competitive world, customer satisfaction and sales are the key components for the success of any business  and cloud computing offers innovative user-friendly marketing and sales tools available on internet that may keep you away from hassles of software installations and maintenance. I would add that we’ll all be in the cloud in a few years. Everything has a risk, so, in that aspect; the cloud’s really no different!