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Yesterday I shared some details of a study with U.S. and U.K. small and midsize businesses (SMB) about differences between perception and reality when it comes to security, privacy and reliability in the cloud. We asked SMBs that use an on-premise set up about their perceptions of the cloud and compared their responses to those SMBs using a cloud service.

Today I’m pleased to share the study findings for SMBs in France. As with businesses in the U.S. and the U.K., similarly sized companies in France also had views prior to adopting a cloud solution that differed from their cloud using counterparts.  Not surprising – I’ve yet to meet a person without a pre-set view on something – and I’m not absent, as well, on this front.

The SMB cloud study provides just the sort of information to challenge prior assumptions and helps cut through the clutter.  59% of SMB cloud users wish they had moved to the cloud earlier; 53% said that since moving to the cloud they spend less time managing IT overall; and 40% use fewer internal IT resources than they did before. Also SMB cloud users in France report time saved managing IT (53%) and fewer internal IT resources needed (40%) as the biggest benefits of cloud services.

Other highlights include:

  • 96% of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud they didn’t previously have with their on-premise service, such as up-to-date systems, up-to-date antivirus protection and security reporting.
  • 97% said the security of their organization had been positively impacted as a result of cloud adoption.
  • 88% that use the cloud have experienced improved service availability since moving to the cloud.

You can read more about the experiences of French SMBs using the cloud, and how they contradict the perceptions of SMBs yet to adopt the cloud here.

Check back tomorrow for my next post on the study’s key findings for SMBs in Germany.