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Small Business Cloud Adoption In 2021

What does small business cloud adoption look like in 2021? Take a look at our infographic to see the state of SMB adoption today.

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Aug 25, 2021

Small business cloud adoption in 2021 continues to demonstrate the strong growth we have seen in the business world for the last several years.

As digital technology becomes an increasingly central aspect of business operations, it’s imperative that organizations of all sizes implement strategies for digitization that can allow them to be more competitive.

This growth has been evident in adoption trends throughout the 2010s.

While in 2011 51% of organizations had at least one portion of their computing infrastructure based in the cloud, that figure had by 2020 risen to 81% and is expected to increase further through the 2020s.

Why Are Small Businesses Adopting Cloud Solutions?

Put simply, cloud-based solutions and infrastructure are an essential and necessary component of a modern company.

This is because of a variety of reasons, but they can generally be boiled down to a few key factors—efficiency, productivity, and scalability.

Efficiency typically manifests in terms of workflows as it relates to automation. For example, document workflow is a common way businesses use digital means to streamline processes that were previously manual.

Productivity is about removing barriers to work for employees. Consider that in manual systems, it’s not uncommon for employees to spend around a quarter of their time simply looking for information in order to their jobs.

In these situations where companies are overly reliant on manual processes, centralizing data and information to improve productivity is crucial, and another reason small business cloud adoption has grown so substantially.

As far as scalability is concerned, SMBs in particular need to be able to scale their IT infrastructure and not run the risk of being burdened with servers that are outdated and not able to handle heavier workloads as the business increases its software needs.

Reluctance to Adopt and Changes

Digital solutions have always traditionally been a costly endeavor for organizations to implement, even more so when projects take longer than expected, run over budget, or end up coming short of initial expectations.

Because of this, there has often been a level of reluctance among organizations to commit to digital transformations purely out of fear of being lumbered with technology they is ineffective and expensive.

So what has changed to cause the uptick in adoption over recent years?

Firstly, software has become a lot more affordable and scalable because of cloud offerings. In essence, this means businesses no longer have to invest in on-site IT infrastructure to support their tech adoptions and can instead rely on data centers provided by the vendors.

Secondly, integration between systems in different departments and the unification of data across an entire organization has become a crucial aspiration for businesses that want to more heavily leverage the data they possess, which is to say most businesses.

Small Business Cloud Adoption 2021

Take a look at our infographic to see the state of small business cloud adoption in 2021.

business cloud adoption in 2021 infographic

Impact Networking helps companies adopt cloud services for increased efficiency, workflow productivity, and innovation. Check out our managed IT services, specifically designed for growing SMBs.

Infographic in written form

Small Business Cloud Adoption In 2021

As businesses continue to invest in digital solutions in order to digitize their processes and provide a flexible, secure, and competitive environment for their operations, some are still lagging behind. Take a look at this infographic as we do a run-down of where cloud adoption is at in the business world.

90% of enterprises expect cloud usage to exceed prior plans due to COVID-19.[1]

Survey respondents indicate their organizations waste about 30% of total cloud spend.[2]

The top three public cloud service providers are AWS, Azure, and Google.[3]

Spending on public cloud services is expected to increase by 54% in the period 2020–2022.[4]

Migrations to public cloud result in up to 30-40% total cost of ownership (TCO) savings.[5]

57% of IT professionals reported that more than half of their infrastructure is in the cloud and 64% expected they will be fully in the public cloud within five years.[6]

Security concerns (44%), compliance and regulations (42%), and lack of application support (41%) are the most reported barriers to full cloud adoption.[7]

Software as a Service (SaaS) remains the largest segment of the public cloud market, comprising more than half of the total cloud market size.[8]

Cloud computing is projected to comprise 14% of IT spending worldwide in 2024—up from 9% in 2020[9]

55% of respondents in a survey from Anodot found they were surprised by cloud costs or experienced sudden cost spikes, many of which weren’t discovered until months later.[10]

Cloud solutions are vital for modern companies. Find out how Impact can help you with a digital strategy that has a clear, fixed-fee contract.

  1. Flexera, State of the Cloud, 2021
  2. Gartner, Trends Shaping the Future of Public Cloud, 2021
  3. Accenture, The Green Behind the Cloud, 2020
  4. CloudCheckr, The Cloud Infrastructure Report, 2021
  5. Statista, Public Cloud Report, 2021
  6. Anodot, State of Cloud Costs Report, 2021


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