Popularity of mobile devices ‘driving cloud computing’

BE 21 Apr 2a

More companies than ever before are realising the benefits of cloud computing.

Both small and larger organisations are beginning to see that storing data through this method is a great way of becoming more efficient, particularly at a time when making savings is a must for enterprises.

And now, a new report has revealed the increasing use of mobile devices like media tablets and smartphones is driving up adoption of this kind of technology.

The 2013 State of the Cloud Report, which was conducted by the CDW, found that about 75 per cent of respondents believe gadgets are influencing how firms take advantage of the platform.

Some 68 per cent of those questioned by analysts said organisations have opted to adopt cloud computing to acknowledge requests for flexible working and other benefits from members of staff.

On top of this, 39 per cent of respondents said their businesses are currently implementing cloud solutions, which highlighted an 11 per cent increase from the figure recorded in 2011.

In addition, 60 per cent of the 1,242 IT practitioners asked believe use of cloud services in their non-working life has influenced their recommendations to adopt the technology in their workplace.

Commenting on the findings, Stephen Braat – CDW general manager for cloud solutions – said the ongoing rise of the platform by businesses does not come as a surprise thanks to the increasing use of mobile devices.

He went on to note that employees’ preference to use mobile applications have brought some benefits including the improved ability to innovate, as well as enhanced efficiency, cost savings and flexible employee mobility.

It just goes to show how respondents believe the main driving forces behind wide adoption of cloud computing are cost factors such as software management charges, labour prices, software licensing fees and real estate expenditure.

Posted by the Secret Businessman