More than 40% of small and medium-sized businesses that use hosted or cloud technology reported revenue rises of 30 % or more while 90 % of respondents not using hosted technology saw decreases in revenue.
Microsoft© 2010 Index
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The Evolution of Managed IT Services

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   The IT delivery model has followed a pattern parallel to that of utility providers of yesteryear. Much like early energy providers reduced the need for their customers to generate their own electricity, utility computing allows organizations to pay only for the technology resources they need, without the risks and capital costs of purchasing and maintaining a complex IT network.
Utility and Cloud Computing

Benefits of Utility and Cloud Computing

Top executives across sectors and organizational size enjoy the pay-as-you-go economics because it keeps cash in the bank longer. According to Forrester Research, the business benefits of cloud computing include:

  • Speed to Market:
    Starting with a prebuilt, enterprise-level IT foundation allows clients to accelerate launch times of projects and businesses
  • Lower Financial Risk:
    Reduce the risks of on-premise solutions that require upfront capital expenses with an uncertain payoff
  • Greater Financial Visibility:
    A cloud-based managed service provider helps executives more accurately forecast the costs of adding new users or locations.
  • Better Cash Flow:
    Avoid assuming debt and keeping cash in the company longer
  • Free up Internal Resources to focus on innovations that drive business instead of daily trouble-shooting

Find the Right Provider for Your Business

As utility and cloud computing gains popularity, more IT consulting services and computing network consultants are incorporating ‘utility services’ into their offerings.

To determine the integrity and authority of the utility computing provider, collect references, study service-level agreements and create a set of ‘utility computing guidelines’, or expected goals that are to be achieved by signing with a vendor. Contracts should be month-to-month and should allow you to cancel at any time unconditionally. Capital investments in IT should be minimal at best.

To find the IT vendor that’s right for you, check out The Nine Things To Consider When Choosing An Outsourced IT Solution.