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MikeP688
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6/30/2014 | 11:41:44 PM
Re: Small businesses and the cloud
Any SMB (or start-up) needs an edge.   It seems from having see what they've done, they are indeed able to provide SMB's the edge especially as the "revolution" continues which we've been deliberating throughout the month.  I would be curious, though, to see how they would stack up against say" Amazon" with the free services it provides for start-ups.    
Carol Wilson
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Carol Wilson,
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6/30/2014 | 3:48:44 PM
Small businesses and the cloud
I'm not sure I agree with Craig on small businesses not being ready for cloud services. There is significant thinking in the cloud world that small businesses want the same IT services and sophistication as larger companies if they can get it without capex and staffing investments and cloud services represent one option for doing that. A year ago, a Forrester survey showed more than half of SMBs were already using cloud services in some way. 

This is a market that Enventis knows well and could help Consolidated address. 

If you look at Consolidated's acquisitions -first SureWest and now Enventis - these are companies that have done some pioneering of advanced services in smaller markets. As Craig notes, if Consolidated retains that expertise, there could be significant benefits for the company and the areas it serves. 
jasonmeyers
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6/30/2014 | 3:29:35 PM
What's next
It will be interesting to see where Consolidated goes next, both geographically and strategically -- whether it will extend the cloud focus Enventis started throughout the combined network, extend more of its fiber network to homes and businesses to combat Google and potential competition from municipal and utility networks in certain markets, or maybe all of the above.  


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