The Role of Cloud Technologies in Business Automation

Although studies show that over 94% of business enterprises consider business process automation an important component of their overall productivity, there is not a consensus regarding the role of cloud technologies in automation solutions.  A recent survey conducted revealed that there are significant differences in the use of cloud technologies in (a) the United States and United Kingdom and (b) among industries.

The survey’s conclusions were based on data supplied by 200 senior Information Technology decision makers in the US and 100 of their counterparts in the UK.  The survey respondents were employed in a wide cross-section of industries and all were employed at enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. In a press release about these research results (*), Redwood Software shared a few top-level findings that highlighted the geographic disparity in cloud adoption:

  • 35% of UK businesses are already using the cloud for private data storage, as opposed to 58% of US businesses
  • 24% of UK businesses are using the cloud for capacity management, compared to 47% in the US
  • About half as many UK organizations have considered a more integrated supply chain using the cloud, versus those in the US (41% vs. 81%)
  • Twice as many US organizations are using the cloud to handle the automation of their business processes (30% compared to 14% in the UK)

Among the respondents who were not using the Cloud to manage business process automation, only 14% of US businesses determined that it would not provide sufficient control as contrasted with 27% of UK businesses which exhibited reluctance to adoption of the technology.  In contrast, “lack of resources” was what the 28% of the US respondents stated was the primary reason for not adopting Cloud technology in this way (28%).

UK and US businesses that weren’t using the Cloud for any reason had a nearly equal concern (78% vs. 75%) about security, and a similar lack of business need (44% vs. 38%). However, 56% of UK respondents weren’t using the Cloud because of unease about where the data resides, compared to only 13% of Americans. The survey also revealed a significant distinction between the results concerning the benefits of the Cloud.  Twenty-two percent (22%) of British companies who weren’t using Cloud solutions said that they were not aware of the business value of doing so. In contrast, no American companies gave that as a reason for not using the Cloud.

Cornerstone and SAP Business One for Your Business Automation

Why do so many small and midsized companies rely on Cornerstone’s expertise for business process automation and integration,  enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as well as technical support? Simply stated, we know how to make businesses run better. We’re definitely Not the “new kids on the information technology (IT) block”. Cornerstone’s brilliant team of consultants, CPAs, marketing specialists,  (U.S.-based and English speaking) programmers and web developers have been providing high-performance business software, as well as unparalleled technical support, to small and midsized manufacturing and wholesale distribution enterprises for more than thirty years.

Cornerstone Consulting’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • SAP Business One
  • E-commerce / M-commerce
  • Mobile
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Analytics
  • Internet
  • Databases
  • Cloud Computing
  • Custom Programming
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Website Design , Development and Hosting

If you’re looking for an oustanding software consulting, web development, and all-encompassing IT firm specializing in business automation, you’ve found the right company. You can rely on Cornerstone to provide superior software products, related services and technical support for all areas of your small or medium sized business, such as: financial accounting, operations, customer relationship management , sales, inventory control and tracking, warehouse management, e-commerce, and more. Cornerstone’s “dream team” of programmers, trainers and consultants specialize in providing our Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, and Online Retail clients with optimal business process configuration, integration and automation.

Feel free to contact Cornerstone Consulting at 813-321-1300 for information about Cloud computing solutions.

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