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Cloud computing leading SMBs through new IT era

Small businesses sometimes require assistance when planning an IT implementation. This is especially the case when firms plan to reshape their infrastructures to remain competitive in their respective markets. Technologies such as cloud computing, while flexible and do not require as much maintenance as on-premise equipment, can still deliver inadequate results if the planning, deployment or management phases are not supported properly.

A recent CompTIA survey of small and medium-sized businesses in the United States found 42 percent of respondents cited data security as an area that requires further support. In addition to protecting information, SMBs also want to improve how they accumulate and apply this content throughout their firms.

"SMBs believe cloud computing can modernize their IT infrastructures.

Almost 40 percent of SMBs admitted their IT infrastructures require further modernization. CompTIA explained investment limitations used to hinder how these companies could approach this situation. Today, cloud computing is an affordable option that delivers functionality akin to even large enterprises.

Data accessibility is one capability that succeeds in cloud environments. Employees can use Internet-connected devices to view corporate content, completing documents and communicating with co-workers, clients and consumers anywhere at any time.

"As businesses undergo digital transformation data turns into a more critical asset. Though many SMBs have never managed data as primary resource, there is growing interest in using data for analysis and decision-making," said Seth Robinson, senior director of technology analysis at CompTIA.

It doesn't hurt to ask for help with your company's IT environment
Transitioning to modern infrastructures is not an instantaneous process. SMBs must be diligent with their planning phases to select the most efficient and secure cloud suites possible. Companies ready to take this step should not be bashful and think they have to adopt cloud technologies on their own. Service providers are available that oversee every detail of the selection, migration and maintenance phases.

As there are different cloud models available, there are different vendors on the market, each with their own unique service approach. Summit 7 Systems employs a comprehensive strategy that accounts for every cloud adoption stage, including assessments, strategies, architectures and operations support, among others.

Summit 7 Systems also focuses on delivering personalized support to each client, ensuring any decision pertaining to cloud procurement and management supports the unique goals of the customer and overcomes any operational challenges.

Cloud computing figures to remain a popular tool to SMBs in the foreseeable future. Any company ready to make the solution a foundational building block of their IT infrastructures should contact Summit 7 Systems today.

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