cloud-technology-business-growth	|	Photo Courtesy of After putting in the time, money and effort to get your small business up and running, your company is ready to grow. While today’s small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need the right tools to nurture growth in areas that currently look most promising, they also need a flexible infrastructure that allows them to evolve and adapt to a shifting technological environment.

These dynamic needs of most SMBs run parallel with the rapid development of cloud services and providers. As your business faces new challenges, cloud providers are stepping up to meet those needs, providing highly scalable services. For each new obstacle a SMB encounters, there’s likely a cloud service that will solve part (if not all) of the problem.

In general, cloud services offer a number of benefits that are attractive to SMBs, such as fast implementation and cost effectiveness. With Microsoft Office 365, for example, you can sign up to access the software online instead of buying it at a store. Furthermore, you can pay per user, per month. An additional advantage with many cloud services is that the provider maintains and monitors it for you. You don’t have to worry about applying product updates or installing hardware.

Deciding which platform is best for you will depend on the size and needs of your business. The key is to thoroughly research your options and read reviews. Check blogs like Technorati so you know what your options are. Keep up with the latest technologies. Find out what your peers are using. Depending on the size of your business, you may be able to set up a pilot program or a free 30-day trial to evaluate the new tool.

We always appreciate your feedback. What cloud technologies do you see as crucial for a growing SMB? Let us know!