When it comes to using the cloud there is big interest in Europe. However, it’s still not as popular as it is in the US, in fact, it’s set to lag behind by at least two years. So why is there this delay?
According to experts from the world’s leading IT research and advisory company, Gartner, there are several barriers.
Firstly, as data privacy regulations are constantly changing, it’s deterring companies from moving their personal data into the cloud. Security issues are a big worry for many companies, which could explain why some European businesses are choosing not to make the move to the cloud.
Secondly, different business processes across 40 European countries make it difficult to effectively integrate the cloud into multinational enterprises.
Thirdly, the EU legislative process is very slow and varies widely across the Union. For example, with the legislation concerning e-invoicing, there was a delay because different countries had different requirements.
Fourthly, the Eurozone crisis means that major investments have been put on hold and companies have delayed making strategic and game-changing decisions.
Taking these reasons into account, it’s perhaps clear to see why European companies are being cautious. However, given the current economic climate, it could be argued that organisations should be taking advantage of the cloud and its benefits.