UK businesses ‘have to embrace the cloud’

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UK businesses need to place their trust in the cloud and take advantage of the chance to store data in a safe and cheap manner.

There are numerous benefits associated with switching to the cloud, such as the fact it allows companies to use their resources in a more effective manner, while it will also reduce capital expense in the short and long-term.

Traditionally, there has been a lot of concern surrounding the issue of security, but firms are becoming increasingly confident that this no longer represents a major issue for organisations.

However, a new report by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Rackspace has found that despite the plethora of benefits associated with the cloud, businesses in the UK are still failing to make the most of the technology. Indeed, some firms may even be damaging their prospects because of the approach they are taking, Computer Weekly reports.

The study asked 1,300 cloud users about the operational improvements they observed after the technology was rolled out. The majority pointed out they were able to reduce spending on hardware, staffing and office space as a result of the move.

However, a panel of experts – including representatives from Manchester University and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – warned that too many companies still seem to be hesitant to adopt the cloud.

Moving forward, it seems firms still need to be convinced of the potential that can be leveraged from using the cloud – currently only ten per cent of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are using cloud actively for business applications.

Jonathan Finney, public affairs manager from the FSB, said: “UK businesses are definitely investing in technology and many are especially investing in the cloud, but they need more use cases to become more confident about the cloud.”

Hopefully, the next few years will see the take-up of the service improve, as there is no doubting that the cloud represents the future for SMEs who are looking to maximise operational efficiency.

 

Posted by the Secret Businessman