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Why we should stop talking about SMB SaaS/Cloud Spend and Growth Rate numbers?

It is a given that SMB’s Cloud Computing adoption is growing. It is a given that SMB’s SaaS is fast replacing on-premise software. Does it even matter if the growth rate is 20 percent or 25 percent, whether it is US$100 billion market by 2012 or US$125 billion market by 2014? What really matters is how adoption can be accelerated. What really matters is how the right advice is given to SMBs that are adopting SaaS/Cloud Computing.

There are many forecasts in the market. Depending upon which market research firm one follows each has its own stated forecast, definition and defensible methodology.

Market will grow, it has to grow. Industry is driving SMBs towards Cloud and increasingly taking on-premise alternatives off the market. Everyone that is in the IT business is talking about Cloud Computing. There are hardly any alternatives left for SMBs.

So we should really get off the forecast and market sizing train. Instead we should concentrate on factors that will help vendors and channels to accelerate adoption. Now one may argue that all analyst firms have conducted their own surveys to determine the reasons for adoption or non-adoption. However, each of them misses the point of finding those important nuggets that identify a path for vendors and channels, a path that will lead them to Cloud Computing nirvana.

Analysts and analyst firms like us should seek answers to burning questions such as:

  1. What applications should vendors focus on?
  2. What comes first – back and storage, mission-critical applications, CRM, vertical applications or something else?
  3. What should channels be doing in targeting the SMBs?
  4. What should be done to convert the non-adopters to adopters?
  5. How should SMBs be educated?
  6. What is the role of multi-touch devices?
  7. What will happen 3 years from now?
  8. Which SMBs will regret and which will rejoice after adopting Cloud Computing?
  9. How to educate channels?
  10. Which market segments are more important than others?


Hence, instead of talking about SaaS/Cloud Computing Spend and growth rates, let us begin a sensible dialog about 10 “thundering” questions about Cloud Computing. You can even check out Techaisle’s Cloud Computing reports here.

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