More Small Businesses Turn to the Cloud With 15% Year-On-Year Increase

Widespread cloud computing use among small and medium enterprises has led to rise in effective flexible and home workin

More Small Businesses Turn to the Cloud With 15% Year-On-Year Increase

Cloud computing up-take among small and medium businesses has witnessed 15% growth year-on-year, according to new research from BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

The majority of small and medium enterprises (69%) currently use cloud-based software and53% now believe cloud software is essential to effective remote working within their businesses

Nearly all small and medium enterprises now have a flexible working policy in place; 91% of businesses have least one employee that works from home and 19% of small firms have half of their workforce based away from the head office.

The research, part of a survey to examine how small and medium enterprises use and benefit from technology, highlighted other tech advances which have been vital support flexible working such as access to company data (56%), Wi-Fi access when out of the office (64%), and fibre-optic broadband (33%).

The research also revealed the top technologies which have impacted small and medium enterprises most in the last year with smartphones coming top (68%), followed by improved Wi-Fi access (54%) and cloud-based applications (42%).

Danny Longbottom, managing director at UK SME BT Business, said:

“Technology is at the heart of a lot of the dramatic changes we’re seeing within the UK small and medium enterprise market – whether that’s offering the realistic possibility of working from home, increasing the effectiveness of people when they’re out of the office or opening up new markets, both in the UK and internationally.”

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