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Few Small Businesses Reach For The 'cloud'

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 7/19/2010

In a recent survey most small businesses lack familiarity with cloud computing.

In recent small business technology news, it seems the vast majority of businesses with fewer than 100 employees don't know the first thing about cloud computing.

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A survey conducted by Techaisle queried small businesses from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Brazil, and found that only 37 percent had heard of cloud computing. The lack of awareness is not just limited to non-technology companies. The survey also found that among the 29 percent of small businesses that use Software-as-a-Service, many employees had not heard of cloud computing.

The survey also looked at how small business owners found out about cloud computing. Twenty-six percent of the companies in the study had found out about the cloud from business partners, while 13 percent had heard about it from an outside IT company.

During Microsoft's recent Worldwide Partner Conference, the technology giant turned its focus to the importance of adopting cloud services for businesses. The company said that small businesses would be in a good position to take advantage of the shifting climate in online applications in the coming months.

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