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Only 9% of SMEs were using cloud computing at end of 2011

Small and medium-sized enterprises have but to embrace cloud computing, in spite of promises of reduced costs and improved efficiencies, the yearly SME survey has found.

However, this is not surprising as the SME sector tends to follow in the wake of research adoption by corporations, he explains.

Broken down by sector, communications, education and financial services and information research and telecommunications are all so then above the overall rate of adoption. Nevertheless, tourism, transport and health- care and retail are sectors that are far below the mean.

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"They could benefit from reducing the operational and capital costs of IT, and from obtaining richer functionality and better business flexibility."

Further, the age of a business plays a role in the likelihood of adoption, with only 5% of new businesses indicating that they use the cloud. Among all other age categories of SMEs, more than 8% have taken to the cloud.

"This shows that new businesses are more cautious about adopting cloud ser- vices. This is ironic, since start-ups have the most to gain from the cloud as, for instance, they would not need to invest heavily in infrastructure," says Goldstuck.

"There is truly evidence that cloud computing offers more benefits than drawbacks to SMEs, but a lack of pursuant to this agreement- standing of these benefits means uptake continues to be slow. "In spite of this, there is a clear edge for those who do make use of it; taking everything into account, cloud computing is an enormous cost saver to any business, and cutting costs is a key element of profitability," concludes Goldstuck.

More information: Engineeringnews.co