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Cloud and workplace apps top tech plans for businesses in South East of England
15 Feb

Cloud and workplace apps top tech plans for businesses in South East of England

  • South East businesses most likely to go private when adopting cloud services
  • Workplace productivity applications feature strongly in the region’s business plans
  • One in three South East businesses to enhance cybersecurity this year

Hastings, UK, 5 February 2018: Businesses in the South East of England plan to invest in cloud computing, workplace productivity and cyber security in 2018 as they seek to become more agile and resilient, according to new research from Beaming, the business Internet Service Provider.

South East businesses likely to go private when adopting cloud services

  • Beaming’s study, which was conducted by researchers at Opinium, reveals more than a third of the region’s businesses plan to extend their use of cloud computing this year.
  • Private or enterprise clouds, which rely entirely on a company’s own IT infrastructure, were the most popular form of cloud service, with a fifth (21 percent) of businesses surveyed planning to take this option.
  • Public cloud services were also a popular option, with 20 percent of companies in the South East planning to invest further in services from the likes of Google, Microsoft or Amazon.
  • Five percent of the region’s firms said they intended to invest in colocation, with data stored on their own equipment located in a third party data centre.

 

Workplace productivity applications feature strongly in the region’s business plans

  • 32 percent of businesses in the South East intend investing in new applications to boost workplace productivity in 2018.
  • Remote office applications are the most popular of these, with 16 percent of businesses in the region planning to invest in technologies that would allow employees to work more effectively from home or customers’ premises.
  • A further 12 percent of businesses in the South East plan to invest in video conferencing tools that will allow them to conduct remote meetings face-to-face.

 

One in three South East businesses to enhance cybersecurity this year

  • One in every three (30 percent) of businesses in the South East plan to spend more money this year on cybersecurity.
  • 13 per cent of firms in the region plan to upgrade their antivirus and anti-malware software.
  • A further 11 percent will improve network access control by introducing measures such as two-factor authentication.

 

Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, comments: “The growing number of cyber attacks and high profile data breaches have not deterred companies from doing more and more business online, but they have become more cautious. Businesses today rely on the internet, they want to maximise the cost, convenience and productivity gains it enables, and have recognised that they need rock solid systems and connectivity to do so with confidence.”

Nationwide, British businesses are prioritising investment in cybersecurity, cloud computing and connectivity in 2018. Almost half of companies (49 percent) in the UK plan to improve their cybersecurity defences and extend their use of cloud computing (46 percent) in 2018. More than a third (39 percent) plan to adopt new connectivity services.

Percentage of companies planning to invest in area during 2018

Area

Cybersecurity

Cloud

Connectivity

Productivity

Networking

Nationwide

49%

46%

39%

36%

28%

North East

56%

72%

56%

50%

39%

North West

45%

40%

35%

35%

24%

Yorkshire & Humber

50%

48%

43%

35%

25%

East Midlands

66%

56%

47%

50%

50%

West Midlands

44%

41%

36%

28%

18%

East of England

58%

39%

35%

42%

16%

London

68%

62%

55%

44%

35%

South East

30%

34%

28%

32%

25%

South West

30%

26%

30%

19%

26%

Wales

33%

38%

29%

25%

17%

Scotland

42%

42%

30%

33%

21%

Northern Ireland

73%

73%

45%

45%

45%

Source: Beaming and Opinium 2018