Over one third (38%) of companies have used cloud technology to scale infrastructure in order to meet demand and control costs since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Aptum, while nearly half (48%) have adopted cloud solutions to provide critical services to end customers.
In addition, 76% of participants said that they have been using cloud services to facilitate remote working, while 92% expressed confidence in their company’s business continuity due to managed cloud services.
Susan Bowen, CEO and president of Aptum, said: “Managed cloud services provide business leaders with the confidence to maintain and adapt their business strategies. The pandemic could easily bring business processes and productivity to a stop.
“Yet, this study shows how cloud services have been used to adapt and respond to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, in addition to many cases of continuing to function.
“The cloud is critical to long-term sustainability and profitability, and the rewards have quickly become apparent.”
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Craig Tavares, global head of cloud at Aptum, added: “The majority of companies did not initially envisage a global pandemic as a use case for managed cloud services. We’ve seen many organisations, including some of our customers, realise the potential of cloud to rapidly scale and also deploy new services, particularly in terms of remote working.
“As we navigate the economic effects of Covid-19, now is the time for businesses to ensure any response measures that were put in place quickly are now robust and enterprise-grade. This will allow organisations to continue to accommodate long periods of remote working and distributed workforces.”
400 senior IT professionals in the UK, US and Canada, working across IT, technology, financial services, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, public and commercial sectors, participated in the survey from Aptum.