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The four types of SMB cloud adopters – which one are you?

Almost everyone agrees there is an important cloud opportunity beyond large enterprises with SMB’s playing a growing role in the rise of the market.

Adopting the cloud computingSince 2015, the SMB cloud services market has grown from $98.7 billion US dollars, to $158.9 billion. 
However for SMB’s united by their relatively small size, there is a distinct uniqueness in their individual needs when it comes to cloud. Research carried out by McKinsey, segments SMB’s into four distinct categories:

Cost Optimizers 

This group will look for the lowest-priced offering available. They typically have limited or no internal IT function and very limited IT budgets.

Feature Seekers 

These SMBs seek someone to take the IT burden off their shoulders, preferring to work with fewer vendors. They require “always-on” service with advanced security and mobile features. 

Risk Minimizers 

Migrating to the cloud entails risks – and this group of SMB’s need a cloud solution that minimises any risk as much as possible. They seek best-in-class uptime, reliability, security, and low TCO. 

IT Sophisticates 

These power users want state-of-the-art administrative capabilities and the ability to customize solutions to fit their needs. They view IT as an enabler that can add value to their business. They consider cost and non-technology factors secondary. Looking for something that can increase their competitiveness.

Making Cloud Work

As attractive as a cloud-enabled business might seem, getting the adoption right first time is critical to proving clouds value to the business. 

In CDW’s Cloud 401 Report, IT decision-makers identified migration and integration issues as top hurdles, with 59 percent saying they would make more use of cloud services, if not for the complexity they perceive around enabling and integrating cloud workloads with legacy systems.

This challenge is important to note because a main benefit of cloud is to make integration opportunities easier, not harder, and by doing so businesses can focus more on their core needs and less on administrative tasks.

So how can get your cloud move right the first time?

Whether you are looking to solve a single business problem, or looking to transform how your business operates entirely, CSG can help you map out your journey to the cloud so that your business can quickly start realizing the true business benefits. 

Along with a range of cloud based technology solutions, CSG offer:

Software as a Service(SaaS)

SaaS involves renting software which is hosted centrally in the cloud. CSG has extensive experience designing, implementing and managing SaaS solutions based on: 

  • Office 365
  • Cloud Anti-Virus/Anti-Spam
  • Cloud Web Filtering & Security
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Google Apps
  • Private Cloud (IaaS)
 

Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS)

IaaS involves renting private dedicated servers on CSG’s IaaS cloud platform. These virtual servers will be hosted on enterprise grade, high availability infrastructure within Australia. Renting Infrastructure as a Service gives you greater control over the environment.

Public Cloud (ITaaS)

IT as a Service (ITaaS) is an “on demand” offering of a complete IT solution including all hardware, software & IT support for a fixed, per user monthly fee. The ITaaS platform is served from CSG’s enterprise grade high availability infrastructure.

The cloud products your company needs will depend largely on an understanding of your organisations structure and strategic goals. In combination with CSG’s IT Consulting Services you can leverage the cloud in ways that will reduce costs and increase system uptime while still maintaining the integrity of your data and any regulatory compliance requirements.

Remote Desktop or DaaS (Desktop as a service)

DaaS (Desktop as a Service) or commonly known as 'Remote Desktop', can help your organisation improve productivity through greater access, reduce IT costs, and centralise organisational data. Our DaaS solution is a cloud-based service where the back end of virtual desktops are hosted and provided by us in our local data centre. 

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