Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
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The cloud may mean different things to different people, but in spite of sometimes nebulous definitions, this much is quite clear: It's growing, and small and midsize businesses are largely to thank. Wrote Art Wittman, director of InformationWeek Analytics: "[SMBs] are the companies that bend their business processes to fit applications delivered as a service, and they're also the ones who don't currently have these apps in house." What's more, SMB spending on Software as a Service (SaaS) helped drive IT out of the recession. "The SMB segment is adopting cloud-based solutions at two times the rate of large companies," said Sand Hill Group CEO MR Rangswami.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.