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Among all of the predictions about the growth of cloud computing this year are expectations that the technology will become more widely adopted by SMEs.
The move towards cloud by the channel heartland is being tipped as one of the main features of the 12 months ahead as smaller firms look to exploit some of the cost saving advantages of hosted applications.
According to the latest trend report from business networking forum Focus, the prospects of wider take-up by SMEs of cloud is one that is being tipped by industry players.
"I expect to see a much greater focus on the opportunity to deliver cloud services into small business. I am starting to see shift in focus from the likes of Microsoft and Cisco, and it's only natural: small businesses do not have IT departments and can benefit greatly from easy-to-use, pay-as-you-go cloud services," said Joshua Beil, director of marketing strategy and research at Parallels.
The traditional resistance that small firms have to adopting technology on the grounds that they don't have the skills is changing, said Bob Egan, founder and chief analyst at Sepharim Group.
"I think that there is a seismic shift in the behaviour of small business about the value of IT, and one of the translations will be a migration to cloud computing," he said.