87% of UK businesses have an enterprise cloud strategy

By Callum Rivett
ManageEngine has published its latest report, detailing the key issues that are currently being faced by IT decision makers in the UK, such as IT direct...

ManageEngine has published its latest report, detailing the key issues that are currently being faced by IT decision makers in the UK, such as IT directors and CIOs.

The study revealed that IT teams are adopting an enterprise cloud strategy, with 87% utilising some form of cloud technology to help boost their security.

Around 71% of respondents said that they were planning to increase their spending on cloud technologies in the next year, whilst 40% have a mixture of cloud and on-premises policy.

IT is increasingly becoming more and more influential in business, with 42% saying that their IT department is regularly involved in decision-making. 

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This is coupled with the response that a further 37% said that their IT department has "some say" in the decision-making process, taking that figure up to 79% of respondents that say their IT department has an influence on decisions.

With a number of high-profile cyberattacks populating the news, it is no surprise that the report finds 48% of UK businesses responding that they feel they are more at risk than they were 12 months ago.

However, a worrying trend is that 45% of companies said that they rarely, occasionally or never install security updates or patches.

When asked to identify what future technologies would have the biggest impact on business, 45% agreed that Internet of Things would be the most revolutionary.

Following IoT was artificial intelligence with 41%, then virtual and augmented reality (33%), before robotics and wearable technology at 20%.

Whilst a report by Netskope predicted that 75% of businesses are not ready for the EU’s GDPR that comes into force in May 2018, ManageEngine’s report finds that 81% of respondents feel that they are ready for the impending regulations.

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