SMBs Continue to Migrate Toward Cloud for Cost Savings, Scalability
June 17, 2016 By Margaret Concannon
Today’s small business owners are seeking the best of both worlds, and they continue to trust office basics for increased productivity, all while still embracing new technologies like cloud. In fact, according to the 2016 Brother Business Survey, small business still relies on the tried and true traditional working environment.
While open to adopting innovative, next-generation solutions in their organization (such as cloud-based and mobile technology), the survey shows small business owners are also holding on to “office basics”. For example, 58% of small businesses’ daily work tasks still require a physical office presence and 91% of small business owners currently have a printer, scanner, copier or fax machine within their work space. The need for these devices is confirmed in the data showing 43% of this same group uses a printer, on average, 10+ times per day.
This “best of both worlds” approach allows businesses to seek maximum productivity, while driving the business forward. For example, according to the survey:
- Small businesses continue to migrate towards the cloud for scalability and cost savings; 21% of respondents plan to invest the largest portion of their IT budget in cloud-based file sync and share solutions.
- Many small business owners are accommodating the expanding mobile workforce; 28% of respondents said they would spend most of their IT budget on mobile devices for remote employees.
- Security remains to be of importance; 30% percent of business owners plan to spend the largest portion of their IT budget on network and data security technology.