I was reading a recent Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) report into cloud adoption in the UK which highlighted the fact that 53% of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are currently running a Windows Server 2003 operating system. On 14th July 2015, Microsoft will end its extended support period for the operating system – no further patches, no updates, no fixes.

This means organisations of all sizes are having to re-assess their IT strategy, and an increasing number are adopting a hybrid cloud-based and on-premise approach.

Moving up to the cloud

The adoption of SaaS (Software as a Service) or cloud-based services has been steadily growing in the UK, (although medium sized businesses in particular still tend to lag behind the US). Overall 68% of UK organisations in the CIF survey who already had cloud services expected to increase their use through 2014, and a third of those who had no services in the cloud yet intended to start using cloud-based services.

The take-up of cloud based services is often driven by departments outside IT. Services can be deployed quickly, payment is often on a monthly credit/debit card basis, there’s no in-house resource required to set up and manage the solutions, and no upgrades to install locally either.

Being able to scale up and scale down expenditure on cloud services to meet business needs was also attractive to 35% of organisations. Of those with less than 20 employees, 32% valued the ability to take advantage of the latest technology. A recent Deloitte US and European survey also supports this finding, 83% of start-ups believed cloud technologies enabled them to access tools and technologies which otherwise would have been out of their reach in terms of cost. This in turn allows them to compete equally with much larger companies.

Remote working and mobility were seen as an important aspect of cloud adoption by 47% of respondents in the Deloitte survey, people are no longer tied to their desks and want to use multiple devices to access information on the move.

Combining cloud and on-premise solutions

Despite the acceleration in the take-up of cloud-based services, the CIF research found that many organisations were unlikely to put all their eggs in one ‘cloud’ basket, 45% of organisations with 20 – 200 employees said they would keep some applications on-premise.

When it comes to personnel and payroll SaaS adoption, the highest proportion of new service adopters were in the 20 – 200 employee band, 63% of these respondents had invested in a cloud service as a brand new service, 38% had migrated to the cloud from a previous on-premise solution.

What does all this mean for time and attendance?

We believe in offering customers a choice of time and attendance solutions.

The Chronologic Workforce Management System enables customers to manage complex shift patterns and rotas, flexitime, shift allowances and multiple pay rates. Payroll data can be exported to a range of systems including Sage and Earnie.

uAttend is a cloud-based employee management system which gives our customers the flexibility to gather and report on real time clocking in data wherever they are, on any device. Payroll data can easily be sent to packages such as Sage and Quickbooks.

We give you the choice!

Sources:

Cloud Industry Forum Report

Deloitte Study

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