A couple of cloud studies have emerged recently, and both with pieces of research - one from Microsoft, the other from Azaleos - which have raised some different points, when it comes to Office 365.
Microsoft's cloud research, conducted by Edge Strategies, gathered responses from 3000 small businesses across 13 countries, and the headline news was that their usage of paid-cloud services is set to double over the next five years. Furthermore, the number of SMBs using at least one paid-cloud service will triple over the next three years.
The Edge Strategies report states: "Cloud computing is able to deliver more of what small and midsize businesses need - cheaper operations and faster, better fusion of vital information to virtually any device. In fact, the research finds 59 per cent of companies currently using cloud services report significant productivity benefits from information technology, compared with just 30 per cent of SMBs not yet using the cloud."
The suggestion is that the demand for Office 365 from SMBs is set to increase considerably over the next few years - although Microsoft did note the research didn't specifically involve Office 365.
Azaleos, on the other hand, rather pitched against Office 365 with its study. However, it was more angled towards the fact that Office 365 didn't make such a compelling solution, for the larger enterprises. In fact, Azaleos noted that a private cloud solution could offer a 20 per cent saving over Office 365, when it came to delivering enterprise-grade capabilities.
So, while Office 365 might well make sense from a smaller firm's perspective, those benefits don't scale well, Azaleos argued.
Both cloud apps and private clouds have their place, that much is clear, and the possibility to leverage considerable savings above traditional solutions is there, via whichever cloud route a business takes.
Source: Talkin' Cloud