Report shows SMEs are failing to implement cloud strategies

A quarterly report has revealed that the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses (SME) are not formalising their cloud strategy, with those in Wales and the North East least likely to set it up.

The latest Close Brothers’ survey is based on a sample of 906 businesses, including SME owners and senior management in different sectors.

Around half (51 per cent) said their organisation is not formalising cloud computing strategies. The North East and Wales were the two regions least likely to have a strategy, whereas London SMEs were ‘clear about the requirement for a strategy’s’.

Ian McVicar, CEO, Close Brothers Technology Services said:  “Cloud computing is one the key digital developments of the last few years. It’s very important businesses don’t get left behind because it can be used as a competitive advantage.

“The results of the survey are quite sobering and make it clear that there is some way to go before business owners fully appreciate the importance of the cloud. Fundamentally, cloud computing means companies can avoid, for example, purchasing and hosting servers, along with other infrastructure costs. This is not only a cost saving but means companies can focus on their core business instead of spending both time and resource on establishing and maintaining an IT infrastructure.”

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