UK enterprises are more cautious about adopting cloud computing services than their US counterparts. Just 35 per cent of UK businesses are using cloud services to store private data, compared with 58 per cent of US businesses, according to a study carried out by Vanson Bourne.
Highlighting the cloud chasm developing between the US and the UK, the study found most US businesses (81 per cent) had considered a more integrated supply chain using cloud platforms, as against just 41 per cent in the UK.
Furthermore, only 24 per cent of UK respondents said they were using cloud for capacity planning and management compared with 47 per cent of US respondents.
Twice as many US organisations are using the cloud to automate their business processes (30 per cent compared to 14 per cent in the UK).
“American organisations seem to be worlds ahead in their knowledge, usage and confidence in the cloud,” said Tijl Vuyk, chief executive at Redwood Software, the company that commissioned the survey.