Small, medium firms are top adopters of Cloud computing in Asia

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IP Converge Data Services Inc. said on Thursday that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the major adopters of Cloud computing in Asia.

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“It boils down to operating a technologically sound Cloud infrastructure, and acquiring the expertise to do so. IPC has already established these and currently provides Philippine enterprises with reliable infrastructure as a service and software as a service,” said Niño Valmonte, marketing director of IP Converge.

According to Valmonte, the recently concluded Cloud Asia 2013 gave a good picture of Cloud adoption in Asia and mirrored the direction of IPC’s cloud advocacy that is to empower Philippine SMEs through the Cloud.

“In parallel, education is key, and success in the Cloud also points to the role of government in helping entrepreneurs and SMEs understand and harness its benefits to hasten business growth,” he added.

IPC enumerated Cloud drivers among SMEs as follows: ease of deployment, use and management; lower cost of ownership; value added for business; flexibility to meet business demands; having zero or low maintenance and being able to book the information technology initiatives as tax-deductible operating expenses versus the more burdensome capital expenditures.

Valmonte also said that Asia Pacific governments also provide clear support for Cloud technology, like giving tax incentives, as is the case in Singapore, which has made Cloud computing more attractive to SMEs.

Rosalie C. Periabras

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