UK SME cloud adoption set to increase in line with European businesses

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The Telegraph published an article stating that SMEs in the UK are slower to adopt cloud computing than in Europe, based on a recent survey by VMware. The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) agrees with VMware's findings about current UK adoption being around 48 per cent of the market having utilised cloud services in some form, however, CIF predicts there will be a material increase in UK SMEs adopting cloud-based services in the near future.

Andy Burton, chairman of CIF commented: "We agree with the general 48 per cent cloud adoption rate in the UK but would question the 60 per cent in the rest of Europe. That said, CIF recently conducted a survey investigating cloud adoption among UK businesses, and found that a 94 per cent satisfaction rate is driving 85 per cent further investment in cloud services this year, as a result. Our findings also predicted that 98 per cent of UK SMEs will adopt cloud services over the next few years.

Andy concluded: "Here in the UK we have seen that the first wave of cloud services adoption is led by the flexibility afforded by this unique business model, but the second and more substantial wave results from proven financial benefits achieved. Once businesses become familiar with the opportunity for cloud services to complement any on-premise capability, such as the benefits of improved cash management, lower IT infrastructure capital and overheads and improved speed to market as well as the cost benefits of using a pay-as-you-use model, we can expect a dramatic increase in cloud adoption among SMEs. UK businesses in our experience are far from lagging the market, they are by nature innovative, probing, proving and then exploiting technology to their advantage."

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