Can cloud computing be the key to a UK economic recovery?
Cloud computing is being incorporated into businesses – both large and small – at a steady rate as they look to improve efficiency and get ahead of their competitors.
Questions are now being asked as to whether it could be a driving factor in leading the recovery of the economy.
Scottish Conservative Chairman David Mundell has claimed that incorporating cloud into our economy would offer employment opportunities and help to reduce costs.
The MP for Dumfriesshire believes that cloud can help companies to expand and be more profitable, while plans are in place to continue the introduction of cloud into further parts of the public sector.
‘Technologies such as cloud computing can have a real impact on competitiveness, creating new ways to deliver services and collaborate as well as reducing costs,’ he explained.
Promoting cloud computing in the public sector
The UK government launched G Cloud in the latter part of 2011, in a bid to get the public sector using commodity cloud computing.
As a result, the IT sector is reported to be better off financially, as it benefited from the wider £58 million gross added value that the sector brings to the national economy.
Driving profits in businesses will be vital to seeing greater reinvestment into the UK sectors, which should subsequently boost the economy.
It follows simple logic that those companies without the necessary additional funds for expansion will be unable to do so.
If more businesses are to become efficient as a result of cloud use, the benefits will be felt across the whole of the UK economy.
Developing cloud services is now considered to be a key part of improving data handling for many companies, as well as improving online presence and customer interaction.
As it continues to fundamentally change out-use-of computing, more thought and energy is being pumped into ways it can improve other sectors.
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