If the primary reason that your small or midsize business is considering cloud services is to save oodles of money, your team might want to rethink that position.
More than 40 percent of SMBs believe they'll see "no savings" from their cloud investments on an annual basis, according to a recent survey of close to 1,600 SMB professionals conducted by cloud service provider j2 Global. (That's the company behind services including eFax, online marketing service Campaigner, and virtual telephony options such as eVoice and One Box Communications.)
Another 30 percent of so expect their savings from making a switch to be less than $500 annually.
Or, to look at things another way, only 6 percent of the j2 survey respondents anticipated saving more than $5,000 per year. The remaining 20 percent or so are looking to save between $500 and $5,000.
Mind you, this data (and the question behind it) looks at cost savings strictly from the financial point of view. The question overlooks, entirely, all sorts of questions about intangibles that should play into the investment equation, like:
The reality is that the cloud makes available many capabilities that aren't readily accessible for smaller companies in the form on on-premises applications.
So while price always needs to be part of the evaluation process, the smartest owners are looking at cloud services as an investment in their company's future, one that is less about dollars saved and more about doors opened.