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Technology Sector: UK Cloud Survey 2017

The digital economy now contributes approximately £97 billion a year to the UK economy and is attracting a significant amount of investment each year. It was very important that the technology sector was included in the sampled population for the questionnaire. The survey aimed to determine what the current use of the cloud is within this industry and additionally what individuals from this sector view as the greatest challenges to their IT plans over the next few years.

Scientific Research Sector: UK Cloud Survey 2017

Hundreds of Scientific Research companies hold their headquarters or research facilities in the UK. not only do they represent a significant proportion of the UK economy, but also attract a great deal of Government and investment activity. The survey aimed to determine what the current use of the cloud is within this industry and what individuals from this sector view as the greatest challenges to their IT plans over the next few years.

Marketing & Advertising Sector: UK Cloud Survey 2017

Creative Skillset has revealed that 153,000 people work in the marketing and advertising industry in the UK alone. This is a rapidly growing industry and it is for this reason that it was included in the survey. The survey aimed to determine what the current use of the cloud is within this industry and what individuals from this sector view as the greatest challenges to their IT plans over the next few years.

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Utilities Sector: UK Cloud Survey 2017

The Utilities Sector, made up of electric, gas and water firms, and the energy sector alone accounts for approximately 5% of GDP. The organisations surveyed in the UK Cloud Snapshot Survey were predominantly energy companies. The survey aimed to determine what the current use of the cloud is within this industry and what individuals from this sector view as the greatest challenges to their IT plans over the next few years.

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End of an era: Cloud Decline rise of Edge Computing?

The rate of cloud adoption has increased rapidly, with more and more computing being pushed into the cloud, a trend identified in Serviceteam IT’s Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017. This growth in cloud computing has led to the development of networks of large data centres. However, this is already starting to slow, with an ever-increasing amount of computing moving back to the ‘edge’ of local networks. Processing will always occur wherever it is best placed for a given application at a given time and cloud has given us flexibility of computing resources; but we can’t help but think that reliable, elastic and on-demand networking is imperative to deliver the future.

Insurance Sector: UK Cloud Survey 2017

In 2016, the finance and insurance sector contributed £124.2 billion to the UK economy in gross value added. This sector therefore makes up a significant proportion of the UK economy, and it for this reason this sector was included in the survey. The survey aimed to determine what the current use of the cloud is within this industry and additionally what individuals from this sector view as the greatest challenges to their IT plans over the next few years.

Cloud Future: UK Cloud Survey 2017

Cloud may already be the heart of many companies’ infrastructure but it would be nothing without the veins of connectivity that keep the data flowing. The survey asked if respondents were considering moving additional applications and services to the cloud and what connectivity companies use to access their cloud solutions. This was split out from their normal office connectivity unless they relied upon an open public cloud connection.