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Why cloud sprawl is a bad omen for your small enterprise?

A frantic cloud sprawl is capable of unleashing sever damage to a small enterprise. This damage is often in the form of IT complexities and rising costs. Here’s how a cloud sprawl is injurious to a small business.

Yes, nurturing a small enterprise (SME) is often a challenging task, since SMEs lack the necessary capital and resources to stay ahead of its competitors. This is one of the key reasons most of the small businesses refrain from embracing advanced enterprise management systems such as cloud based HR software, ERP or CRM solutions that can help improve efficiencies across various key departments and business operations.

Good news is that an increasing number of small enterprises and startups are realizing the core benefits of cloud technology such as scalability, cost-effectiveness and maintenance friendly.

However, in today’s cutthroat enterprise technology market, several SMEs prefer sourcing cloud services/solutions from multiple vendors residing in varied cloud settings. Though receiving cloud services from diverse vendors helps a business enjoy bespoke cloud solutions that meet specific business requirements, this fusion of multiple cloud vendors incurs a wide array of risks and challenges for a small enterprise and cloud sprawl is one among them.

What exactly is cloud sprawl?

Cloud sprawl can be defined as a tricky situation when a business has many cloud service providers, instances or solutions that eventually turn out to be exceedingly cumbersome to manage. Now, instead of reaping the benefits of cloud technology such as flexibility and convenience, you are loaded with the burden of managing complex interactions that occur on multiple cloud settings or platforms.

Here are few problems that a small business may face if it fails to control its cloud services:

  • Important upgrades

Updates and upgrades on timely basis help keep a system at its best. Further, updates and upgrades for multiple cloud services must be coordinated and tested on a regular basis, since they may be interlinked. For example, your HR solution might crash when you upgrade your CRM solution, since your CRM software vendor might be clueless about this interlink or dependency. Since cloud solutions are prone to receiving multiple updates annually, it is advisable for a small enterprise to focus on integration aspects.

  • Analytics and reports

Getting a panoramic view calls for amassing data from multiple vendors. To your surprise, the metrics or data provided by every vendor may not be on the same line, which would make reporting a nightmare. This would require installing third party apps or tools for integration and avail the reports.

  • Vendor agreements

Service agreements differ from one vendor to other. Nevertheless, these agreements should be streamlined across the vendors, which is also a tedious feat to achieve when each of your vendor is pushing a varied set of service commitments and agreements. A small enterprise ought to track and evaluate such agreements cautiously and separately.


Once your business is hit by a cloud sprawl, it will be a huge pain to manage things due to the limited IT capital and resources at hand. So the best way to avert a possible cloud sprawl is to go for a one-stop hub for all your cloud needs.

Anwar Shaikh writes about small businesses, startups, cloud technology, chatbots, analytics and all things technology. A self-trained writer, Anwar writes for Pocket HRMS, a leading provider of cloud based payroll and HR software in India.


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