07 Mar 2012

Tech trends: the year of the cloud

Sydney Morning Herald – 07 March 201

Dave Stevens, founder of Brennan IT, is a cloud computing fan. He says a key trend this year for small businesses with revenue of between $500,000 and $2 million will be leveraging consumer-based cloud applications for business purposes.

“We will see cheap cloud services such as Skydrive, Microsoft’s Exchange Mail and [document sharing system] Sharepoint become more commoditised for small businesses,” he says.

According to Stevens, what this means for small businesses, is that they will be able to build relatively sophisticated IT systems, for virtually no – or very little – cost.

“For $100 a month, you will be able to get mail boxes for five employees, as well as full document collaboration. And lots of companies now offer specials like 10 free gigabytes of storage,” he says.

Stevens says systems that were originally designed for consumers are not as valuable to slightly larger organisations that want to be able to monitor who has accessed particular data and which might also want to restrict access to certain information.

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