Security, Privacy Are Key Concerns Of Businesses When Considering Cloud Computing

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Seventy-one per cent of UK businesses are spending 10 per cent or less of their IT budget on cloud services, a new study by KPMG has found.

The 8th Annual “Service Provider and Performance Satisfaction” survey took into account 2,100 contracts that cover £7.8 billion worth of deals. It found the top three reasons UK businesses are shying away from adoption of the cloud are as follows:

  • 26 per cent cited concerns around data location, privacy risks and security of the cloud
  • 16 per cent said they were worried about regulation and compliance
  • 15 per cent were cynical about the ease of integration between cloud and legacy IT systems

The study also found an increase in the level of outsourcing IT services in a bid to improve service delivery, spending savings from HR, sales and financial support to fund this area.

The future of IT outsourcing

43 per cent of those surveyed said they plan to increase spending on outsourcing IT in the next two or three years – however, this is a considerable decrease compared to the previous year’s statistics. In the 7th Annual Report, 77 per cent of respondents said the same.

Why could the cloud boost your business?

Despite the fact that cloud adoption remains slow in many areas, there are tangible benefits to utilising this solution in a business environment.

Cloud computing eliminates the need to purchase expensive hardware and infrastructure for your business, saving you precious funds, in addition to space in your office or server room. The need to buy licenses is reduced as web-based software offers them on an as-you-use basis, allowing you to save on outgoings in this area too.

Beyond the cost, cloud computing boasts advantages in terms of access to information. As long as you have a device with an internet connection, you have the information you require at your fingertips. This improves productivity in terms of mobile working and can have significant benefits for customer service too, as the whole process becomes far more streamlined. Employees on the road have access to the same information as is available on their desktop PC.

File sharing and collaboration is improved, offering teams the ability to work on single documents, rather than tracking changes across multiple drafts, emailed back and forth.

Quite simply, the cloud makes your business more productive, more streamlined and more competitive, saving IT costs and boosting your bottom line.

Find out more about cloud computing with JDM.

42% Now Moving To The Cloud For Flexible, Mobile Working

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A new industry report shows that 42 per cent of global business executives are now using the cloud to enable a flexible and mobile workforce.

Cloud computing appears to have now moved beyond the preliminary experimental stages to become an almost everyday tool for the workplace.

The survey, completed by KPMG, collected data from over 500 executives in the financial services, retail, media, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. According to the study, people are mostly migrating to cloud-based services in search of ways to reduce costs – this was the case in last year’s study too.

However, in 2014, the study suggests, growing numbers of businesses are using cloud technology to create large-scale change, across both individual business units and the enterprise. Forty-two per cent of respondents said the cloud was enabling them to better enable a flexible and mobile workforce, while 37 per cent said this technology was being used toimprove alignment and interaction with their customers, business partners and suppliers.

In contrast, a study by KPMG in 2012 showed that just 15 per cent of executives were planning a move to the cloud to boost mobile and flexible working.

The cloud

According to the organisation, employees’ expectations are now a lot different to what they were a decade ago. At work they demand the same level of technology they have access to in the home environment, and the cloud is enabling this to happen. The cloud enables access to documents from any device, in any location where there is an internet connection available.

However, despite the increase in the uptake of the cloud, there are still concerns. Fifty-three per cent of those responding to the survey claimed data loss and privacy risk were some of the most significant challenges when using the cloud. But this is a large drop from 2012, when 83 per cent of respondents cited the same concerns.

If you would like to find out how using the cloud in your office environment could benefit your business, speak to the team at JDM Computing.

Cloud Could Help Law Firms Stay Competitive, Report Says

The legal marketplace is one that’s seeing an abundance of change, in what has been dubbed the “Tesco Era.” Essentially, this sector is witnessing an influx of new competition as liberalisation enables consumer and major high street brands, like Tesco, to operate within the market.

Traditionally, big brands like the Tescos of the world have monopolised markets as they have been opened up to them. This is largely because of the availability of expensive, cutting-edge technology to successful, large organisations. However with the widespread adoption of cloud computing, enabling businesses of all shapes and sizes to access leading technology and applications, the legal sector could see smaller firms competing successful.

Cloud-based services enable even micro-businesses to access the same platforms, software and systems as big business on a pay-as-you-use basis. In the past, the only way to access leading technology was to have the capital to invest in expensive infrastructure such as dedicated servers. These days though, organisations don’t have the worry of finding cash for the initial outlay of on-premise solutions – instead being able to choose scalable, flexible, out-of-the-box solutions over the cloud.

The report, by legal IT specialist Accesspoint said: “Everyone now has access to the same platforms, software systems and online services, regardless of their size or budget. Firms that adopt cloud services will not be at a disadvantage technology-wise against the huge businesses entering the market.”

This commercialisation of the legal sector started in 2007, and is similar to the deregulation of the banking industry which brought new delivery methods and allowed for the access of new markets. If legal services can tap into the power of the cloud, there is no reason why similar level of innovation couldn’t occur within this sector too.

Businesses in all sectors can harness the cost-saving advantages of cloud computing while simultaneously accessing the advanced technology that opens new business avenues, improves productivity, and enhances customer service levels.

How Can Your SME Cut Costs With Cloud Computing? [Video]

With cloud computing SMEs can cut costs, but access a wealth of benefits. Whether you’re looking for a way to reduce the expense associated with hardware, infrastructure, business continuity or licenses, cloud computing is the way forward.

It can allow you to grow in your field, giving you the tools to compete more effectively with larger enterprises.

Find out more about cloud computing for small businesses by watching our brief video. If you have further questions about how cloud computing is applicable to your industry, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact JDM.

Why Does Cloud Computing Translate Into Cost Savings For Business?

Cloud computingYou’ll more than likely have heard the phrase “cloud computing” banded around if you’re in business. So many of our daily activities take place online in today’s workplace, and if you’re a small business looking to compete with larger companies, investing in equipment such as dedicated servers, as well as multiple licenses and disaster recovery solutions, can be a very expensive game.

Cloud computing offers a way for you to receive all the advantages of modern technology and applications but at a lower cost. If you’re still not quite sure what cloud computing actually is, rest assured it’s now a very accessible and mainstream technology. You might even use it in your personal life without realising.

Services such as Lovefilm and Spotify are examples of cloud computing in the home environment, whereby you can access music and films by streaming them to your home device from a remote server.

In a business, cloud computing works very similarly. The applications your employees use on a daily basis, for example, are accessed via your web browser and data is stored remotely. This means that all the costs associated with equipment, individual licenses for each device, and more, are significantly cut.

The cost of cloud computing
For SMEs cash flow can be an issue at times, and this is a reason why cloud computing is extremely beneficial. Instead of paying for large pieces of equipment up front, you pay a monthly fee, allowing you to manage cash-flow more efficiently. Licenses are paid for on an as-you-use basis, as opposed to kitting out each individual machine with a full license which quickly becomes outdated. Plus, you spend less on powering on-premise equipment, of which you’ll only ever use a fraction of the capacity.

What can you use cloud computing for?
There are unlimited possibilities for cloud computing in the business environment, but many of our clients start by using it for typical daily requirements such as:

  • Email access
  • Shared folders and drives
  • Frequently used applications

At JDM, our cloud server packages start at just £35 per user per month. For a free demo of what the cloud can do for your business, contact our team today.