Cloud computing adoption among small and medium sized businesses within the UK has increased by 15% in the last year, according to recent statistics.
These figures were discovered by joint research from BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce and were part of a wider survey, examining how UK SMEs benefit from technology.
The results discovered that 69% of businesses that participated used cloud based applications, with 53% of these businesses stating that they believe these applications are critical for remote working.
When asked about the benefits that utilising internet technology has brought to their business. 79% of individuals stated that it increased the speed of communication and improved customer service for the business (64%).
In addition to cloud applications, the other technologies which were seen as critical for remote working included:
- Wi-Fi access out of the office (69%)
- Remote access to company information and files (56%)
- Fibre-optic broadband (33%)
Dr. Adam Marshall, executive director of policy and external affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It is vital to ensure that UK businesses have access to world-class digital infrastructure if they are to maintain their competitiveness in a global marketplace.
Cloud and mobile technologies are becoming increasingly important as firms expand into new markets and explore new ways of working – especially overseas. It is encouraging to see that so many British firms are adapting their working practices to take advantage of these developments.”