Small enterprises feel that cloud adoption could be key to the growth of their company.
More than two thirds (70 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK have said that adoption of the cloud will be an important factor to contribute to the growth of their business in the next 12 months, according to a study by Fasthosts.
The survey asked small business owners questions about their views and experiences of cloud adoption and the impact it has on business operations.
Of the 70 per cent, half of the respondents (35 per cent) say that the cloud is ‘extremely important’ to their business growth strategy.
Simon Yeoman, general manager of Fasthosts says, 'Many large enterprises have firmly established their cloud strategies but SMEs have up until now found the concept of cloud quite alien and therefore haven’t integrated it into business operations.
'The results of this survey demonstrate that SMEs are starting to think seriously about the cloud and that they are taking important steps to use it to their business advantage.'
The survey also asked respondents which aspects of their business they thought the cloud would help them with most.
The results reveal that 38 per cent of SMEs believe that the flexibility and scalability that the cloud can provide would be most beneficial.
Yeoman adds, 'For many SMEs, moving to the cloud is a big step but it is also a move that could be especially beneficial for this group. The scalability of the cloud is something that smaller businesses are beginning to recognise as a benefit and factors like cost reduction are very important for smaller businesses.
'In a lot of cases, a lack of education about the cloud is the barrier for small businesses that are considering making the jump. Helping educate the SME sector is something we take very seriously and we are beginning to see a real move in the market as levels of understanding rise.'