More SMEs than ever consider the move to cloud

As business moves to new levels with mobility and security being overriding factors, more SME’s than ever are considering the move to cloud computing. Considerations such as cost are assuming less importance as companies examine the benefits associated with the new technologies.

YouGov has reported in a survey that two-thirds of SME’s are either using cloud services or are considering the move in the near future; 30% expect to be trialling the technology within the next 18 months.

The main reason given for moving to the new technology included more flexibility and mobility with cost factors also an important factor. Of the remaining group who had not embraced cloud services, a third cited time constraints involved in investigating the technology to determine whether it would be compatible with their business model.

IBM, who sponsored the survey, expects that cloud devices will hit 1 trillion in early 2015. The company’s vice president in charge of middle market sales, Simon Porter says that companies are recognising the value of cloud technology is more than simple return on investment calculations. Porter stresses that cloud services offer employees more flexibility which helps in the goal of work and life balance.

IDG Research confirmed the findings through their own survey of companies in Europe. The research found that larger businesses – with employees of 250 or more – would be spending up to 30% of their technology budget on cloud services in the next two years.