People stuck in the email backwoods

Only 8% of office system users employ cloud-hosted email and desktop applications, according to analyst company Gartner
Gartner expects that 10% of enterprise email inboxes will be hosted in the cloud by the end of 2014.
…adoption will accelerate from the first half to 2015, reaching 33% penetartiong in 2017 and 60% by 2022

Just 8% of workers use cloud for office apps

These figures – which I pretty much believe – always baffle me. Running your own email has got to be one the least valuable, more annoying services you can do. It also causes all sorts of BYOD hassles. The more important part is catching up to the consumertech grade quality of cloud email, and being able to integrate into the application and services ecosystems users of services like GMail have access to. Otherwise, you’re stuck on the on-premises backwoods of Exchange and Outlook – an email approach that equally baffles me when it comes to productivity, e.g., tiny quotas, desktop syncing, and the lack of "basics" like archiving and useful search.

The pushback I get is always around security and the usual stick in the mud stuff.

3 thoughts on “People stuck in the email backwoods

  1. Hi Michael – Interesting stats from Gartner re enterprise use of hosted email. As you’d probably expect, we see a very different story in the SMB. We actually just finished a survey on this that found that 46% of SMBs having moved to a hosted email environment. 49% are still using an on-premise offering, but we expect hosted to overtake on-premise in the next six months.

    The full report is here –

    Net net, it’s amazing to see such a wide gap between enterprise and SMB usage. Maybe enterprises can learn something from their smaller counterparts.

    Kathryn Pribish
    Spiceworks Voice of IT Program Manager

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