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SMEs slow to embrace cloud computing

Close Brothers’ quarterly survey of UK SME owners and senior management from a range of sectors, has revealed that the majority of the UK’s small and medium sized businesses have no plans to formalise a cloud computing strategy.

51% of the businesses polled answered ‘no’ when asked if their organisation was formalising a cloud computing strategy, 29% responded positively and the remaining 19% were ‘unsure’. When asked to rate the importance of having a formal cloud computing strategy, only 9% of businesses said it was ‘very important’, 24% agreed it was ‘important’ and 14% of SMEs were of the opinion that it was not essential at all.

Ian McVicar, CEO, Close Brothers Technology Services said: “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.”

Close Brothers is working with IDC on a cloud computing vendor spotlight. The paper presents an overview of IT cloud services, giving end user organisations guidance and advice on the advantages and challenges involved in the journey to the cloud.

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