Reasons why small and medium-sized enterprises cannot go to the cloud The one-person information system of small and medium-sized enterprises has a lot of work and is busy on a daily basis. Therefore, even with a conventional on-premises project, it is not easy to execute multiple projects in parallel. It is common for one project to be completed in a few years before the next. Therefore, even if we understand that there is a need for cloud computing, it is difficult to get started. Survey results show that cloud utilization increases as the size of a company grows, and that’s exactly what it is. In particular, it has been reported that cloud utilization is still delayed, and the introduction of virtualization technology, which is the premise of cloud computing, is delayed, especially for single-minded systems companies. Many small and medium-sized enterprises that operate with a small number of staff are cautious and conservative in all projects. In particular, I am very hesitant to move the currently operating system to the cloud. In addition, small and medium-sized enterprises often have business partners of large enterprises to a greater or lesser extent, and it seems that there are many thoughts that they cannot be converted to the cloud because of the risk of information leakage. I hear that even if you fully understand the advantages of the cloud, even if the e-mail environment that is already popular is cloud computing, it was very difficult to obtain internal approval and spread it. .. During a major transformation, 71.3% tend to be cloud The last time the Small and Medium Business White Paper published by the Small and Medium Business Administration mentioned cloud computing was in 2016. It is reported that the usage of cloud computing by large companies was about 48%, while that of small and medium-sized companies was about 27%, which is a difference of 20 points. According to the “Survey on the Actual Conditions of the Solitary Information System” and the “Survey on IT Investment Trends of Mid-sized Enterprises” conducted by the Solitary Information System Working Group in December 2020, 68.1% of the mid-sized enterprises are already using some kind of cloud. Furthermore, it turned out that 71.3% are considering moving the server to the cloud in the future. This is much higher than the percentage of companies that continue to use on-premises (18.3%), and it can be seen that the number of cloud-oriented mid-sized companies has increased sharply due to the support for working from home in Corona. Will cloud decisions under the leadership of the president repeatedly fail? Mid-sized companies with corona sickness had different problems than large companies. Many departments were run by barely enough personnel, so if you are infected with a new coronavirus infection, your business may stop immediately. It’s a lot more risky than the big companies. One company decided to immediately aim to create an environment where they could work from home and continue their business. The president, who is not usually very interested in IT, hurriedly instructed the company to move to the cloud and demonstrated his own leadership. In building the environment, we asked an IT vendor who can provide the cloud via an acquaintance of the president to make a proposal. However, the company had no experience with the cloud. In addition, the one-person Sith also lacked practical experience in using the cloud, and was in a situation where it was not possible to consider the cloud because it took time to prepare for remote work. I received a suggestion, but I couldn’t evaluate the contents, so I consulted with the Solitary Sith Working Group. The content of the proposal included resale and integration costs of services of major cloud vendors with a monthly fee of 100,000 yen or less, but the total initial proposal cost was about 10 million yen. It is understandable that if the required specifications are not decided, the IT vendor will also make a proposal that considers the maximum risk, but it is not easy for small and medium-sized enterprises to judge that the amount is as much as 10 million yen. Thirty to forty years ago, small and medium-sized enterprises all introduced office computers. The president attended the seminar and signed a high-priced contract, but the office computer was never operated, and many companies continued to pay only the lease fee. It is very good for small and medium-sized enterprises that the president promotes leadership in IT. However, in order not to repeat the same mistakes as the office computer in the past in the cloud, we will fully discuss in-house the possibility of using it, understanding the situation of the company objectively, understanding the contents of cloud computing accurately, and so on. It is necessary to do something. Hiroshi Shimizu Chairman, Solo Information System Working Group Completed MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Waseda University and Oklahoma City University. After joining Yokogawa Hewlett-Packard, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Japan for about 20 years, engaged in sales and marketing operations in Japan and overseas (Singapore, Thailand, France), and served as the director of Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Headquarters in the United States. General Manager of Business PC Business Headquarters. Joined Dell in 2015. Senior executive officer. After working on marketing related to the launch of partners, he oversaw company-wide marketing as a Japanese corporation. Double the business targeting mid-sized companies and become the world’s top division. Selected as the Top 1% Excellence Leader in Asia Pacific Management. Independence in 2020. In addition to the book “Hitotsujo Sith” (Toyo Keizai Inc.), he has serialized many articles related to Hitoshi Sith and digital transformation.