The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum suggests that UK organisations are becoming increasingly satisfied with cloud-based computing services.
The CIF surveyed 250 UK-based organisations and found that 61% currently use the cloud, up from 34% in January 2011. Cloud adoption in the private and public sector is much the same, at 61% and 62% respectively. However, only 52% of small companies with fewer than 20 employees have adopted cloud-based services, compared with 68% of larger organisations.
CIF found that one in four of the companies that are not using the cloud at the moment plan to do so within the next 12 months. 34% of public sector organisations and 30% of SMBs said they intend to take to the cloud in the coming year.
The chairman of CIF, Andy Burton, said these latest results show that UK businesses are still enthusiastic about the cloud. The public sector has demonstrated considerable growth in cloud adoption, which is not surprising considering the government’s recent push towards cloud services.
He went on to point out that organisations with more than 200 employees have now leapt ahead of their smaller counterparts when it comes to adopting the cloud. Furthermore, 76% of those already using the cloud intend to increase their usage in the coming year. Data backup, email and data storage services are most likely to benefit from increased usage.
58% of respondents said they were attracted by the low cost of cloud services, whilst 71% said their main reason for adopting the cloud is the flexible model of delivery.
It’s good to see that larger organisations are embracing cloud technology, but it seems that smaller enterprises are still reluctant. One would have thought that small businesses would jump at the chance to save money by using online solutions.
Why are small firms not rushing to enjoy the benefits of cloud technology? What should providers be doing to encourage them to adopt the cloud?