This aDRD (Article-based Data-Rich Deliverable) is part of the Business IT, Cloud Services and Connected Worlds subscriptions. This report includes primary and secondary research results regarding the cloud computing perspectives of SOHO and Small Business Owners and Decision-makers.
In February 2012, Compass Intelligence conducted an online survey among business owners and decision-makers of varied business sizes regarding cloud computing. Please note that the focus of this report is on businesses with less than 100 employees and all primary data results in this report showcase the responses of businesses with less than 100 employees. For data results covering businesses with more than 100 employees, please refer to the report covering the 100+ size segment. Compass Intelligence defines size of business as: SOHO 1 to 4 employees, Small Business 5 to 99 employees, Mid-Sized 100 to 999 employees and Enterprise 1000+ employees.
Cloud services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cloud Layers include: cloud clients, public & private clouds, cloud applications, cloud platforms, cloud infrastructure, and cloud servers. The expert guide of this research is Kneko Burney. "
Sources: Compass Intelligence’s segment and market forecasts, which include business expenditures, market demographics, and usage and adoption statistics are built using multiple sources, including proprietary Compass Intelligence research. These sources include, but are not limited to, secondary research, government data and statistics (e.g. Department of Commerce, Federal Communication Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Census Bureau), primary research, vendor-based research and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers, where relevant. Compass Intelligence selects data sources to provide greatest degree of perspective on each market or segment, in addition to the highest level of data accuracy, stability, and consistency over time.