In recent years the question regarding IT computing for small business owners almost always involved a price tag for bigger, better, newer, faster hardware and software to stay current for their data processing requirements.
But over the last few years the trend in IT spend has been moving in the direction of As-a-Service offerings.
With As-a-Service models the need for costly, protracted implementations is shifted to subscription based technology designed to reduce upfront IT spend, enhanced client flexibility, as well as giving access to the latest technologies. All this is accomplished while the As-a-Service provider maintains their infrastructure entirely.
As-a-Service models include PaaS (Platform as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and even DMaaS which provides health visibility and insight across hybrid environments.
Cloud computing helped create the foundation for As-a-Service models but with the IoT (Internet of Things) as well as edge computing gaining ground the emergence of more service-based models is inevitable.
The availability of an ever increasing inventory of As-a-Service offerings to meet the needs of business customers will ensure that there is bound to be a service offering well matched to most clients needs going forward.