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Bushel 2016 Predictions: What 2016 Will Hold for Cloud-Connecting Small and Medium-Sized Businesses?

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Contributed by Charles Edge, Product Manager of Bushel

What 2016 Will Hold for Cloud-Connecting Small and Medium-Sized Businesses?

In today's increasingly mobile world, more and more small businesses are taking advantage of the cloud, as 72 percent indicate they use mobile apps in their business, with roughly 38 percent reporting they could not survive - or it would be a major challenge to survive- without mobile apps, says a recent survey report.

Given this trend, here's a look at what cloud-connected small and medium-sized businesses can expect in the year ahead:

It'll Get Even More SaaS-y: The Slow Demise of On-Premise Solutions 

As we look forward to a new year, there will be a continued slow migration away from on-premises servers to SaaS-based solutions. This includes retiring legacy small business servers in favor of cloud-based solutions such as SAML-based Single Sign On solutions, like Okta, as well as tools such as Office 365 and Google Apps to replace Exchange. Any savings are likely to be put into security solutions and more business- and app- focused tools that drive productivity and innovation. All of this continues to pave the way for a more mobile-centric approach to end-user computing for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Persistent Major Security Breaches Will Change How Small Businesses Protect Data

Security concerns will change the way small businesses work. As large enterprises continue to face pressure to prevent the major security breaches we've seen in the past few years, smaller businesses will need to meet some of the same stringent security requirements enterprises require of them. This should propel SaaS providers such as Bushel, Okta, as well as third party Value Added Resellers (VARs).

Shifting to the Cloud Will Lead to Increased App Usage 

This shift will cause a little chaos, as SMBs will still be figuring out how to best leverage larger amounts of data and various services with simpler tools - apps. Businesses will look at services like Zapier to start linking apps like Salesforce to Bamboo HR. Providers will start bundling solutions into vertical industries. This will allow for administrators to move more users from desktops and laptops to tablets to save on costs and ultimately work more seamlessly in this mobile-driven world.

The Dawn of the Wireless World

Now that Ethernet cords are at the brink of extinction, small businesses will start taking advantage of wireless access points for all services and products (e.g. printers, HVAC controllers, wireless locks, mobile devices) that use to put strains on wireless networks. Businesses will plan on budgeting to have additional wireless access points put in. As more devices connect to services outside of the office walls, SMBs will increase Internet bandwidth and connections.


About the Author

Charles Edge is Product Manager at JAMF Software, where he leads Bushel - a mobile device management (MDM) solution designed for small organizations and users with limited IT experience. He holds nearly 20 years experience as a developer, administrator and CTO, and is passionate about helping every day users manage and make the most of their mobile devices.

Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 10:02 AM by David Marshall
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