It’s only been in the last five years that businesses have taken cloud-based computing seriously. It’s not that they haven’t known about it. It’s just that they haven’t considered it as a way to manage their IT assets. But several factors have changed how businesses are beginning to think about cloud hosting and cloud-based solutions.

  • The rising cost of IT management. Back in the halcyon days of business computing, companies focused on scaling their IT departments to keep up with the increase in technology. Microsoft’s 1990 debut as a serious contender in the software market did a lot to ramp up that move. However, it has become more expensive to maintain an IT department and many small companies cannot afford the massive resources that their larger competitors have enjoyed.
  • The success of the cloud. The 1990s were an uncertain era for the newly birthed Internet, aka “the cloud”. But after the big dot com bust when VCs (and the rest of us) learned some valuable lessons about exuberance, we began to take a more rational approach to doing business online. The first decade of the new millennium saw a rise in successful high profile Web businesses that gave the rest of us the confidence we needed.
  • Small business confidence. The sector that can most benefit from cloud-based computing is the small business sector. Just within the last couple of years, we have seen small business owners take an interest in cloud hosting, cloud-based applications and cloud-based computing. This is good.
  • Cloud-based computing is less expensive. Because of the scalability factor and the cost of doing business in the cloud, many businesses that would never have considered operating in the cloud before are now beginning to see the benefits. As more small business owners get educated on cloud-based computing, the more advocates we will see in this new way of doing business.

Cloud-based computing is a concept whose time has come. The fact that more small business owners are jumping on this bandwagon is proof of that. Cloud-based computing is no longer a concept for the big guys; all of us can enjoy the benefits.