Cloud adoption rate low for small businesses, says Microsoft study

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 16 May 2014
Cloud adoption rate low for small businesses, says Microsoft study

Around a third of small businesses have adopted cloud platforms – such as Microsoft Office 365 – to provide them with the same computing power as larger companies, according to a recent Microsoft survey.

The study – commissioned by Microsoft for National Small Business Week – also highlighted that around 60% of small businesses attribute increased revenue to technology and another 60% feel technology allows them to compete with larger companies.

However, although many small businesses recognise the value of IT investments, around 10% are still unfamiliar with cloud technology.

Nearly 30% of respondents primarily use filing cabinets and folders to manage their content, while 12% indicated do not have a good solution for collecting, storing and sharing content.

Around two thirds of respondents attributed this to concerns about costs associated with maintaining and upgrading the necessary technology, while around a quarter have concerns regarding security. In addition, 16% need the ability to access content from multiple devices in any location.

Microsoft held a roundtable to discuss how small businesses can successfully implement technology on 16 May 2014.

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