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Three-quarter of IT managers see no relevance of cloud computing for their companies


By The Drum Team, Editorial

November 7, 2011 | 2 min read

Almost three quarters of IT managers in the UK believe that cloud computing is not relevant to their business, according to new research.

Research carried out by global risk consultancy Protiviti, contacting 100 IT managers across the UK, found that 74% felt that cloud computing was not relevant to their business and that 8% who were using it, were only doing so for one or two services.

Widespread adoption of cloud computing is being hampered by fears over security and data privacy it was found, while only three in 10 companies planned to use cloud computing over the next three years.

Jonathan Wyatt, managing director of Protiviti UK, said: “It’s surprising that so many IT managers appear to see no value in cloud technology. The cloud takes the opportunities presented by outsourcing to the next level. Emerging technologies and cloud services provide all organisations with opportunities to change the way they operate and ultimately to improve performance whilst reducing cost.

“Concerns over security and data privacy appear to be overshadowing the potential benefits offered by the cloud. Businesses need to be more creative about how they think about the cloud and the opportunities it presents. At a time when companies are looking at ways to grow whilst keeping a lid on costs, cloud computing offers a way to significantly reduce overheads and to allow supply to be more directly matched to demand.”

16% of companies were also found to be looking into developing a private cloud service, while 10% were considering the use of a public cloud service.

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