Donegal needs more cloud -
businesses are lagging behind in the use of cloud
computing technology, putting them at a competitive
disadvantage, a new survey shows.
The survey of 600 small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
shows that just 14pc of small firms in Donegal and
other border counties have implemented a cloud
solution for their business, compared to 45pc in
Meanwhile, more than 90pc of SMEs in Donegal are
still using and paying for a conventional phone
system, which costs much more than online telecoms.
The survey also shows
that 43pc of employees of small firms in Dublin have
access to company data via their smartphone,
compared to just 14pc in border counties, despite
the fact that more staff regularly work outside the
office in this region.
The research was carried out by Amarach on behalf of
telecoms provider Magnet.
“Staff in companies outside Dublin tend to work from
home more and spend more time in their cars, so they
are missing an obvious opportunity to work smarter.
The very companies that need the technology aren’t
availing of it,” said Magnet ceo Mark Kellett.
The survey also shows that just 3pc of eligible SMEs
have accessed the technology and business grants
available to them, such as the Enterprise Ireland
voucher and the Government’s Online Trading Voucher.