Most UK businesses do not rely on the cloud but expect their use to increase

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More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of UK businesses do not incorporate cloud technologies into their strategies, according to a new survey.

However, Computing Research also revealed that 75 per cent of respondents to the survey expected their use of cloud-based services to increase in the next 12 months.

When asked “Are you using cloud computing services?”, a total of 54 per cent of organisations replied that they use cloud “to a lesser extent”, with ten per cent saying they were “trialling” the cloud and 13 per cent not using it all. A total of 23 per cent said that they used the cloud to “a great extent”.

According to Computing Research, this means that 77 per cent of UK organisations either do not use any cloud services or do not rely on them.

Cost was held responsible for the lack of adoption of the cloud by a number of those surveyed, with Computing Research saying that one respondent said that it would increase the IT department’s running costs.

Despite this, 75 per cent of businesses said that they would be increasing their use of cloud technologies within the next 12 months. A total of 18 per cent said that they expect things to remain the same, while two per cent said that they would be using the cloud less. Five per cent of businesses were unsure of their intentions.

The research also revealed that the number of organisations that operate a cloud-first strategy is set to double by 2019, and those using cloud only will rise by a huge 1,500 per cent, with 42 per cent of respondents expecting this to be the way most firms are run within three years.