More small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are taking to cloud computing
More small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are taking to cloud computing, but most of them are not aware of how the technology functions, a study has revealed.
Online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com found that 74% of SMEs have not adopted cloud computing, down from 82% seen in a similar survey in June last year.
Around 43% of the SMEs that did not use cloud computing were unaware of the meaning of the term and 36% did not consider it necessary.
One in ten of the 1,300 SMEs surveyed believed it was not cost-effective, while 9% were worried about security problems accompanying the software and 2% believed it to be unreliable.
PeoplePerHour.com founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou said: "UK SME owners have successfully incorporated a wide variety of technologies into their business models over the past few years.
"Yet this survey highlights the confusion - and a possibly even a sense of scepticism - that many small businesses have over cloud computing.
"Small businesses are yet to be convinced of the advantages of accessing the amount of computer processing power and memory available online. Although the uptake is improving, the vast majority of small businesses are still voting with their wallets."
Copyright Press Association 2011