Cloudy Forecasts for Boston and D.C.

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Microsoft has named the top cloud-friendly U.S. cities as part of a study in which 2,000 IT decision-makers (ITDMs) nationwide discussed how they are adopting and using cloud computing. The cities were ranked based on how local businesses are utilizing cloud computing in ways such as hiring vendors, seeking IT professionals with cloud computing experience and creating new lines of business based on cloud platforms. Each market had a minimum of 200 ITDMs across small (1-249 employees) and enterprise (250-plus employees) firms, and was representative of multiple industries such as financial services, manufacturing, professional services and retail and hospitality.

Enterprise-size Company Ranking

1 Boston
2 New York
3 Dallas
4 San Francisco
5 Atlanta
6 Washington D.C.
7 Philadelphia
8 Los Angeles/Orange County
9 Chicago
10 Detroit

SMB Company Ranking

1 Washington D.C.
2 San Francisco
3 Philadelphia
4 Los Angeles/ Orange County
5 Boston
6 Dallas
7 Atlanta
8 Detroit
9 Chicago
10 New York

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