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UK SMEs are not formalising their cloud strategies

New research suggests that small and medium businesses in the UK are neglecting to properly define a cloud computing strategy

The majority of UK SMEs have no plans to formalise their cloud computing strategy, according to research from Close Brothers.

The quarterly survey, which polled 906 small businesses across the UK, found that only 29% had intentions of formalising their cloud strategy.

Companies in the North East and Wales were the least likely to have a properly defined cloud computing strategy, while London firms were the most likely.

When asked to rate the importance of having a cloud computing strategy, only 9% of businesses said it was ‘very important’, with 24% agreeing it was ‘important’.

“Cloud computing is one the key digital developments of the last few years,” said Ian McVicar, CEO, Close Brothers Technology Services. “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.”

The results of the poll point to clear opportunities for the channel. Last month, HPE Aruba conducted similar research looking at wider digital strategies amongst SMEs. The networking specialist found that 85% of small businesses surveyed had sought the advice of a local IT partner to help them with building a digital strategy.

"Firms want to embrace technology and move into the digital workplace but 50% of SMBs have still not yet developed a strategy to do that,” said Chris Kozup, VP at HPE Aruba at the time. 

"The channel partners can build these practices and customers have already indicated they would rely on partners to help them," said Kozup.

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