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Are SME’s in Thailand cloud ready? The IMC Institute’s, 2014 Cloud Computing Readiness study says, yes. Well, sort of…

The study looked at a small sample of61 large ente rprise organizations (employing 1,000 + people), and 116 Small to medium enterprise organizations across Thailand*.

While most see the benefits of Cloud computing, the adoption rate is slow compared to other countries.

A snapshot of the numbers:

  • 47 organizations (28%) already use a private cloud service
  • 48 organizations (29%) plan to install it in the future
  • 76 organizations (43%) have no plans whatsoever for private-cloud usage.
  • 167 organizations (94%) already have their own on-site servers

Why do 43% have no plans for Cloud Computing?

The good news is most organizations understand Cloud Computing can reduce costs and increase flexibility and scalability, so why the hesitation? Security and lack of expertise seem to be the two biggest concerns.

Technical expertise in a market with a skilled IT shortage

The main barriers to entry were lack of cloud expertise (50%) and security risks (70%). SMEs need to consider bringing on a skilled IT partner who can help consult on security and help mange Cloud Services

Private vs. Public

The report shows a higher percentage of SMEs looking at public cloud options – Plan to adopt private cloud (30%) vs. plan to adopt public cloud (50%) Private options, while providing more security also require a greater level of in-house expertise. There is no right or wrong direction; the right cloud solution for your business comes down to your requirements. Make sure you understand the pros and cons of both solutions before making a commitment.

IAAS vs PAAS vs SAAS – Decision on Adoption of Public Cloud Services Model


If you’re still unsure about Cloud here are a few benefits for your business:

1)      Flexibility
–        If there is a sudden need to increase its bandwidth, a cloud-based service can instantly meet the demand because of its remote servers.

2)      Disaster recovery

–        Cloud computing can provide a fast and easy disaster recovery solution.

3)      Automatic software updates

–        On an average, companies spend 18 working days per month managing on-site security. Cloud computing suppliers do the server                        maintenance, including security updates, freeing up resources and time for other tasks.

4)      Lower cost

–        Cloud computing is much faster to deploy meaning smaller project start-up costs and more predictable ongoing operating expenses.

5)      Increased collaboration

–        Employees can work on documents and shared apps simultaneously.

6)      Work from anywhere

–         As long as employees have Internet access, they can work from anywhere with ease and convenience.

7)      Document control

–         Cloud computing keeps all the files in one central location, which increases efficiency and improves accessibility.

8)      Security

–        Confidential information stored on laptops or personal computers, on external hard drives and on other devices such as USB drives can be lost if the device is damaged or stolen. If stored in the cloud you can mitigate the risk of losing crucial information.

9)      Competitiveness

–        The cloud grants SMEs access to enterprise-class technology. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than bigger, established competitors.

10)   Environmentally friendly

–       Businesses using cloud computing only use the server space they need, which decreases your carbon footprint and costs. Using a cloud solution can results in a 30%+ reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions compared with on-site servers.

To discuss more on the ideal cloud solution for your business, contact us at info@aware.co.th

*IT business made up 26% of the overall sample, other businesses such as department stores, energy, construction and printing accounted for 15%, finance and banking for 12%, manufacturing for 9%, and government agencies also for 9%.


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