UK bosses need to do more to increase cloud understanding

UK bosses need to do more to increase cloud understanding

Over half of decision makers at small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the UK have a good understanding of cloud computing, a new study has suggested.

Research carried out by software company Sage UK found that a lack of knowledge was stunting the growth of cloud adoption among smaller firms, with almost half of respondents claiming they had no plans to move their operations to a cloud system.

It also found that the biggest barrier to cloud adoption was security, which was cited by a third of respondents.

A further 25 per cent said they were worried by the risk of downtime that may arise from using the cloud.

Rob Davis, technology head for Sage 200 Online, said: "There's a recognition that the worlds of business and technology have changed – the cloud has opened up new ways of doing business, of communicating, collaborating, and managing data. But while companies are becoming smarter about their use of the cloud and it continues to become a more viable option, the reality is that there's still a pervasive knowledge gap amongst SMBs that threatens to hold back cloud adoption."

The study comes on the back of an earlier survey from IDG Research suggesting that big companies are continuing to adopt cloud computing at a pace that shows little sign of slowing down.

Around of half of firms with over 10,000 employees said they were expecting to substantially boost their budget for cloud services.   

The survey found that the main driver of the adoption was the ongoing pressure to address costs and increase employee mobility in the most efficient way possible.      

Consequently, the percentage of IT services provided by third parties, which includes both outsourcers and cloud providers, could increase by as much as 37 per cent over the course of the next three to five years.