At Least 60% of U.K. SMEs Use Cloud-Based Apps

At least 60 percent of U.K. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) polled already are using cloud-based applications, according to the latest research from BT Business and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

In truth, the percentage likely actually is much higher, if one assumes many cloud-based consumer apps are used as business tools.

Of those interviewed, 43 percent believed cloud-based applications cloud-based applications were a critical element of effective flexible working, while 52 percent said  remote access to company data was essential.

U.K. business’ reliance on Internet access was also highlighted by the research, with more than two thirds (68 percent) of respondents believing that their companies couldn’t survive more than a day or two without a connection.

Full 86 percent of businesses have one or more members of staff working from home on a regular basis.

Some 47 percent of respondents say they have staff working away from the office at least once a week, while 28 percent have someone working remotely every day.

About 50 percent of respondents also said Wi-Fi access when out of the office was an important capability.
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