Why the professional services industry is moving to the Cloud

As relatively early adopters of cloud technology, the professional services sector continues to flock towards software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted platforms at pace.

Back in 2014, IDC figures identified almost 24% of professional service firms as cloud adopters, and this number has boomed in the years since – with a recent Mimecast survey finding only the technology sector moving to cloud solutions at a faster rate.

Meanwhile, The Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2016 – the largest IT leadership study in the world – shows professional services anticipating further increased spend on IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Cloud services over the next three years.

Such continued levels of commitment to the cloud show adoption is still on an upward curve, and that generally firms are more comfortable with the technology. Previous concerns around data security, loss of control, availability and performance have subsided, with professional service businesses recognising that the benefits of the cloud now far outweigh the risks.

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