Claranet Research Programme

Cloud adoption through the prism

Whether you label it cloud, or managed, or hosted, or as-a-service, or something else – its lexicon is growing with its ubiquity – it is clear that more businesses in the mid-market are beginning to take advantage of the many benefits ‘it’ entails.

According to findings from the 2013 Claranet Research Programme 73 per cent of businesses were using some form of cloud service compared with 62 per cent the year before.

The benefits from utilising cloud - scalability, resiliency, efficiency and sustainability - are beginning to outweigh the concerns businesses previously had in terms of adoption.

Particularly for SMBs where the IT function of organisations is often not that developed, the pressure to succeed with less internal resource is more pronounced. Therefore the need to outsource day-to-day responsibility, while retaining executive control, is a particularly attractive option, as it allows stretched IT teams to concentrate on making a noticeable difference on a more strategic level.

When you know better you do better: an introduction to the Claranet Research Programme

It’s a truism that in order to compete organisations need a comprehensive understanding of markets, customers, products, regulations, suppliers and employees. It’s as true for Claranet as it is for our customers, suppliers and partners.

Too frequently in business impactful decisions are made and steadfast opinions are formed without any real market testing or with limited research into the issues at hand. It’s with this in mind that we founded the Claranet Research Programme in June 2011 with one core mission: to enable technology decision makers and influencers to add business value to their organisations.

The adoption of mobile working practises are set to increase in 2013 – what does it mean for your business?

2013 promises to be an interesting year for businesses as they increasingly adopt new technologies and correspondingly adapt their strategies and operational practises. 75% of the 250 senior IT decision-makers recently interviewed as part of the Claranet Research Programme predict the use of mobile working to increase over the next 18 months. This statistic indicates a clear shift toward the adoption of mobile working practises in 2013, but what do companies thinking about adopting and adapting need to consider?

Firstly: the benefits. There are numerous advantages to an organisation adopting mobile working capabilities, including increased productivity, the ability to work in real time, a reduction in the necessity for office space and happier employees with a better work/life balance. All of which can affect the bottom line in a positive way.

Some of the reluctance to fully embrace mobile working is due to the inherent problems it creates. A company must resolve these issues completely in order to facilitate a successful strategy, because a half-baked solution only creates issues of its own. If the move toward mobile working isn’t handled correctly security, functionality and accessibility issues can cause both employees and organisations to suffer.

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