85% more small firms are planning to adopt cloud-based services this year
Research into the growing popularity of cloud computing in the UK has revealed that 85% more small firms are planning to adopt cloud-based services this year.
The report by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) highlighted a 94% satisfaction rate among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn is boosting demand for cloud models.
The study also predicted that a whopping 98% of SMEs in the country will embrace cloud computing over the next few years.
Andy Burton, chairman of CIF, said: "Here in the UK we have seen that the first wave of cloud services adoption is led by the flexibility afforded by this unique business model, but the second and more substantial wave results from proven financial benefits achieved.
"Once businesses become familiar with the opportunity for cloud services to complement any on-premise capability, such as the benefits of improved cash management, lower IT infrastructure capital and overheads and improved speed to market as well as the cost benefits of using a pay-as-you-use model, we can expect a dramatic increase in cloud adoption among SMEs.
"UK businesses in our experience are far from lagging the market, they are by nature innovative, probing, proving and then exploiting technology to their advantage."
Copyright Press Association 2011