The findings also highlight that one in ten SMEs have already deployed a fully cloud-based IT infrastructure – meaning that over 300,000 employees in the UK are already experiencing the full flexibility and efficiency benefits of cloud-based IT solutions.
Increasingly companies see technology and IT as a business enabler, something that their organisations can’t do without. But along with the growing importance of technology has come the overwhelming array of choices when it comes to IT infrastructure provision; cloud computing, IP-based technologies and virtualisation are just a few options available today.
Paul Bryce, Business Development Director, Node4, commented: “Many studies continue to claim SMEs are struggling to adapt to this new landscape and are at risk of being left behind.
“However, we firmly believe there is much greater recognition of the value that IT can deliver to businesses amongst SMEs today – and the apprehension that surrounded outsourcing has largely dissipated. IT has gone from being a static cost-centre to a dynamic business enabler that must support the organisation at every stage of the sales cycle, empowering the business to grow and succeed.”
“SMEs are not ‘making do’ with out-of-date infrastructure. In fact, in our experience most organisations have recognised the need to evolve their technology infrastructure to meet the needs of its users and succeed in today’s competitive environment.
Many businesses are worried about this transition but they realise that if they don’t keep pace, they will fall behind and miss the opportunity to capitalise on the renewed economic growth.”