Alternatives to cloud: How can I avoid moving to the cloud?

Barry Collins examines the legitimate reasons why a business might not choose to move to cloud solutions

Cloud computing is often portrayed as an inevitable next step for businesses; not a matter of if, but when. Yet, there are reasons – and sound business reasons, not irrational burying of heads in sand – why cloud computing might not be the best option for some apps or infrastructure within many firms.

Here, we’re going to examine some of the reasons why businesses might steer clear of cloud solutions, perhaps alleviating that nagging fear that sticking to what you know isn’t necessarily a nasty case of Luddism.

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Is Europe heading for a Cloud Constitution?

Industry bodies lending their backing to EC initiative to standardise SLAs 

The cloud computing industry could be drawing closer to having an effective constitution across Europe.

The European Commission (EC) recently unveiled the Slalom initiative, the aim of which is to standardise contractual terms and service-level agreements (SLAs) for providers of cloud computing services across the region. One industry throwing its weight behind the idea is the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), which proclaimed today its status as a founder member of the Slalom consortium, alongside such companies and institutions as Atos, law firm Bird and Bird, the National Technical University of Athens, and the University of Piraeus.

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Who Joins

Who are our members?

  • It’s hard to describe our members as coming from merely one single sector exactly – the breakdown by sub-sector is shown on the right
  • UKITA members come from across the diverse IT/Tech/Digital spectrum of sectors – our members and contacts provide Digital Marketing (Website, SEO, Content Marketing), e-Commerce, Tech product and service development software development, the Channel  and providing a complete range of managed IT/Tech services to clients
  • What they have in common is that they are committed to looking after their clients or customers and to the constant improvement of their products or services, client care focus and in developing their own skills as leaders and the skills of their staff


Sizes of member business

The size distribution of our members almost precisely represents the size profile of the entire tech/digital sector across the UK so the ‘Polo Mint’  diagram below in effect shows you the percentage of our members in each size band

  • Whether you are a one person business, have a small team of people working for you or are running  a medium-sized company with tens and even hundreds of people involved, you are part of  UKITA’s natural constituency
  • Remember, the Government defines you as an ‘SME’ whether there is  just you in businesses or you have up to 249 employees!
  • The average size of a UK IT/Tech/Digital company is somewhere between 5 and 8 people

Decision makers

When new members join UKITA, the decision is usually taken by one of two people:

  • The business owners or founders
    • wanting to take advantage of our  services and standards
    • looking for ways to link up with their peers and to benchmark themselves against best practice
    • wanting to support our aims and our support our voice as the drivers of the  REAL IT/Tech/Digital economies
  • Marketers:
    • in order to gain visibility through our range of directories and our PR platforms
    • looking to gain engagement with their marketing and social media content via shares and retweets on our own platforms