How has small and medium-sized business adoption of cloud services changed over the last several years? By some estimates, the answer is rapid adoption, with annual adoption rates as high as 40 percent.
In 2011, a Spiceworks survey of cloud adoption among SMBs found that smaller SMBs were more aggressive when it comes to cloud adoption than their larger SMB counterparts.
At least in terms of expectations, 38 percent of SMBs with fewer than 20 employees used or planned to use cloud solutions within six months.
Some 17 percent of organizations with between 20 and 99 and 22 percent of organizations with more than 100 employees planned to use cloud services over the same time period.
SMBs in emerging markets were especially active. Some 41 percent of small and medium businesses in Latin America/South America (LASA) and 35 percent of SMBs in the Asia/Pacific region are adopting cloud services.
That was well ahead of the 24 percent of SMBs in North America and 19 percent in Europe that are adopting cloud services.
In 2015, North American cloud services adoption had grown to perhaps 37 percent, growing at about 40 percent annually. At such rates, by 2020 about 78 percent of U.S. small businesses will be using cloud computing.
Some other surveys suggest 64 percent of U.S. SMBs are already using cloud-based software, using an average of three apps. As you likely would guess, software as a service is what small businesses tend to buy.