The most important consideration for every decision in a small- to medium-sized business is cost. SMBs have to consider the most cost-effective solutions when dealing with problems, growth and changing technology.
Equipment and maintenance support teams are costly expenses that many small businesses struggle to maintain. Infrastructure can become obsolete, forcing small businesses to invest in new, costly technology to keep up with growing business.
Loss of company information due to failed technology or a natural disaster can be devastating for a small business. Companies who maintain an in-house infrastructure are at risk of critical data loss in the event of a disaster or virus. Reliable security is crucial for keeping businesses up and running during the period they are growing the most.
In-house IT departments can be costly to maintain. Many SMBs do not have dedicated IT departments to ensure the right technology choices are being made. SMBs can feel pressured to invest in on-premises IT departments to maintain smooth operations, sacrificing a lot of money.