A study by independent research body TNS, and funded by CSC, showed that a third of businesses used the cloud because it allowed staff to gain access to data via a number of different devices.
In comparison, only 17 per cent of participants cited cost-saving reasons as their main motives for using the cloud while a fifth of respondents said accelerating the speed of business was their main motivation for utilising the service.
In a statement, the CSC said: âIn the US, the trend among small businesses was even more pronounced, as nearly half, or 46 per cent, of small businesses cited information access through a multitude of devices as the most important reason for adopting the cloud, while ten per cent of small businesses cited cutting costs.â
Other findings showed how cloud could benefit businesses - 82 per cent of organisations which used the cloud said they saved money, although these savings were small.
Elsewhere, the majority of organisations questioned said they saw a boost in the performance of their IT once utilising the cloud with 93 per cent claiming they had seen at least one improvement, the study revealed.
By Jim Ottewill