Cloud use soaring amongst UK businesses, but are they making the most of it?

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Whilst cloud use is soaring among business users in the UK, the final decision-making falls to the head of IT/CIO in almost three fifths of organisations, according to new research from Cobweb Solutions.

The firm believes this poses a risk that businesses are failing to see the holistic potential of integrated cloud solutions and instead may just see cloud computing as a new delivery mechanism for software.

The large-scale survey polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from small, medium and large enterprise private businesses as well as the public sector.

The research found that UK cloud penetration has reached a high of 84 per cent as more businesses turn to cloud for all their business needs, and 78 per cent of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service.

Cobweb Solutions also predicts that Cloud service adoption by UK businesses is expected to increase by 12 per cent by 2016.

“Cloud is an IT solution to a business challenge, and whilst it makes sense for the CIO to drive the decision, we hope that the whole board will be involved in cloud projects,” explained Julian Dyer, CIO of Cobweb.

“Properly implemented, cloud touches all of the C-suite from IT in delivery, the CEO and COO in business operations, and the CFO, as with all new financial models. If all aren’t behind the project the business as a whole will certainly miss out on a holistic solution that can benefit the business much more than a mere new software solution on its own.”

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