Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today joined Microsoft as part of National Cloud Week to launch the findings of the second annual Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index.
The index focuses on tracking the adoption of cloud computing amongst organisations in both the public and private sector in Ireland.
The second Microsoft/Amárach Cloud Index stands at 3.6 out of 10, up from 3.2 last year, which suggests a steady increase in cloud implementation across organisations in Ireland.
Particularly pronounced is the increase in the average score among organisations with between five and 50 employees, which has moved from 2.4 last year up to 3.8 this year.
“Cloud computing is an area which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and since taking office we have put in place a series of changes to support growth in this sector,” said Minister Bruton at this morning’s Microsoft’s Business Leaders’ Summit.
“In 2013 we are implementing a range of further measures, including trebling the number of Government-supported companies providing services from cloud platforms.
“The findings published today by Microsoft and Amárach, showing that over half of Irish companies have deployed cloud solutions in their businesses, are very welcome.
“Substantial progress is being made in this area, but we must do more if we are to capitalise fully on the opportunities that the cloud offers to the Irish economy. I am determined that, through continued strong implementation of our plan, we can build on this progress to help create the jobs we need.”
National Cloud Week, organised by Microsoft, is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of cloud and to encourage organisations in the public and private sector to deploy cloud solutions to facilitate growth and drive efficiencies. Running since Monday, 6 May until tomorrow, each day focuses on different sectors where cloud is already having an impact.
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