For decades now businesses have commonly run to a 4 year IT strategy. Financial controllers and owners alike have been keen to know their running costs for the next several years in regards to technology. These 4 year plans also made sense as they commonly aligned to the lifecycle of most server infrastructure.
As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) we see first hand the trends and changing landscape of how SMB's engage in technology. In the wake of the pandemic, 'out of the box' thinking is at an all time high. This creative thought has driven SMB's to place increased priority to finding innovative ways to use technology.
Almost every business has now adopted some form of cloud. In 2020 the shift has accelerated as many businesses scrambled to adapt to remote working, changing workplace environments, and plans to permanently change the way they work forever.
For small to medium businesses (SMB), the majority of this change takes the form of migrating their data and identity services to Microsoft 365. The ongoing maturation of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem combined with it's various collaboration and productivity tools represents enormous opportunity for SMB's to better leverage technology.
As we emerge from the crisis period of COVID-19, businesses are beginning to plan ahead. Forward thinking businesses are revising their forecasts and setting goals for the coming financial year.
There has never been a more unpredictable road ahead for most small to medium businesses.