Cloud computing catches on

Many Canadian small business owners are embracing mobile technology, with nearly half of those polled saying they used cloud computing, according to a recent survey.
The survey, conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion for technology company HP Canada, focused on several topics related to technology and workplace flexibility, mobility, outsourcing and the use of cloud computing.
According to the survey results released November 5, 47 percent of the 1,005 businesses polled used cloud computing services such as remote email and messaging, or remote security and data storage.
The survey also reports that two-thirds of small businesses had outside connectivity to the company, while seventy-nine percent have a flexible working environment.
Seventy percent reported they allowed the use of work laptops or netbooks for non-work activities.
The survey also looked at outsourcing, and found that about four in ten small businesses in Canada do work outsourced from larger organizations. Forty-three percent of respondents have outsourced functions like accounting, sales and HR from their company to another organization, with accounting the most commonly outsourced at 35 percent. Fifty-nine percent of small business owners have not outsourced any functions from their company.
The margin of error on the full survey sample is 3.1 percent, 19 times out of 20.