Nearly a quarter of UK IT directors say that have no plans to implement IT systems to the cloud with many citing security concerns.
According to research by Robert Half technology, small companies were found least likely to migrate to the cloud with 38% saying they do not plan to use cloud technology. 8% of medium-sized companies said they do not plan to use the technology as well as 12% of large companies.
46% of businesses said security was the main reason they would not adopt cloud technology.
Companies that did plan to move to cloud reported that the top reasons were for storage (37%), data centres (28%), servers (27%), applications like CRM (26%) and software developments (18%).
"The benefits of cloud computing are now well-understood, with the majority of businesses currently using cloud-based services for applications such as storage and data centres – and achieving cost and efficiency benefits as a result," said Neil Hedges senior manager at Robert Half technology. "However, a smaller proportion of companies are missing out on these benefits because of their concerns about security and continuity of service."
24% of companies also reported they had concerns about moving to cloud because of their lack of in-house knowledge.
"It’s surprising that so many heads of IT appear to have not embraced the value of cloud technology, although this may be partly due to a lack of understanding of the benefits and how it can be applied to their organisation," said Hedges. "Many companies without the requisite talent in-house are turning to IT contractors and project professionals to help educate their teams on how to adopt the cloud, mitigate against security risks and improve service delivery."
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