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Flexibility, Not Cost Savings, Pushing SMEs To Cloud

Cost saving isn't the biggest reason for SMEs heading cloudwards, rather, agility and mobile working are the major factors which are driving business cloud adoption.

This is according to the latest piece of research commissioned by IBM and carried out by YouGov, which quizzed senior managers at UK based SMEs on their cloud intentions.

67 per cent of respondents had already gone to the cloud, or said they were implementing cloud services in the future.

As for the reasons for the shift, the most popular was greater mobility and flexibility, with 39 per cent of managers citing this. Cost efficiency was the second most popular driving factor, however, and not too far behind on 33 per cent.

For those not considering the cloud, the main reason for sticking with traditional computing solutions was a "lack of time", which was indicated by 38 per cent. In other words, they felt that they didn't have time to fully evaluate and implement a move to the cloud.

Simon Porter, vice president for mid-market sales at IBM, commented: "Businesses are beginning to realise that the full potential of cloud goes far beyond a cost-focused ROI model."

"They are also increasingly looking at how the cloud can help expedite the move to a more mobile way of working for their employees, using smartphone and tablets to access key applications while creating a more flexible work/life balance."

Source: Computerworld UK