A third of firms in the survey said that security, and concerns about where their data is being stored, had held them back from adopting cloud technologies.
Lack of in-house IT control and the need for training cloud technologies were other cited reasons.
Concerns over security were a question of size: nearly half, 49 per cent, of larger businesses were concerned with security, compared to 35 per cent of smaller businesses (less than 50 staff).
Businesses are absolutely right to be concerned about the security of their data, but this applies as much to cloud environments as to on-premise,” was the comment from Rob Davis, head of technology at Sage 200 Online.
“The reality is that cloud suppliers take security precautions that far exceed what most businesses can do in-house and adopt the latest technology and security best-practices.