UK SMEs Still Reluctant to Embrace Key Technology Trends

UK SMEs Still Reluctant to Embrace Key Technology Trends 
SolarWinds Survey Reveals SMEs Don't Trust the Cloud and Are Cautious
About the Benefits of BYOD 
CORK, IRELAND -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/13 --  SolarWinds, a leading
provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today
revealed the results from SolarWinds' Cloud Computing and BYOD Study,
("the study"), which looked into the adoption of today's key
technology trends -- namely Cloud Computing and BYOD -- amongst SMEs. 
The study, comprising 500 IT decision makers at SMEs across the UK
and Germany, found that almost half of UK SMEs do not have a BYOD
policy and of those that do permit it to some extent (a quarter),
said it goes unmanaged by the IT department. When it comes to Cloud
Computing, over a third of UK organisations do not plan to adopt a
cloud solution of any kind.  
This is the second in a series of survey results from SolarWinds that
demonstrates while the benefits of such technology trends have been
championed by larger enterprises, SMEs are still yet to embrace its
far-reaching benefits, despite standing to gain the most from BYOD
and the Cloud. 
Key findings include: 
Cloud Computing 

--  Over a third of UK-based SMEs have no plans in place to adopt a cloud
--  39 per cent of UK IT decision makers said that they do not trust cloud
    solutions -- citing ease of access as the main concern
--  A following 33 per cent are unaware of the benefits that cloud
    computing can bring to their organisation and consider the cloud
    irrelevant to their business


--  Almost half (47 per cent) of those in the UK said that they don't have
    a BYOD policy in place
--  Of these businesses yet to adopt BYOD, 58 per cent said that it was
    not necessary for their business and 42 per cent consider it as a
    security risk
--  The third most selected reason for not having yet adopted a BYOD
    policy was lack of access to the right tools for implementing and
    enforcing a suitable policy

"The benefits of Cloud Computing and BYOD have long been heralded for
improving business flexibility, agility and results. In an era where
SMEs are under more financial pressure than ever before and
struggling to compete with global counterparts, these technologies
offer the SME -- the backbone of the UK economy -- a scalable and
cost-effective solution," said Sanjay Castelino, VP and Market
Leader, SolarWinds. "Our mission at SolarWinds has always been to
equip businesses of all sizes, with the right tools to get the job
done and help them work as effectively and efficiently as possible." 
The study was conducted in March 2013. Both full survey results and a
blog post highlighting the findings are available.  
SolarWinds IT Management Solutions
 SolarWinds offers IT
professionals a number of powerful and easy-to-use products,
including network monitoring and server monitoring software to help
customers of all sizes manage their IT environment. The SolarWinds
network monitoring suite includes User Device Tracker and IP Address
Manager -- products that specifically help IT professionals solve
their BYOD problems. 
About SolarWinds
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affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune
500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our
approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to
eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from
traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this
commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy
to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address
any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in
our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online
community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best
practices, and directly participate in our product development
process. Learn more today at  
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