Cloud computing used by 16.7 % of enterprises

19.10.2017

Data of the Community Survey on ICT Usage and E-Commerce in Enterprises conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that at the beginning of 2017 out of the enterprises employing 10 or more persons 98.7 % used Internet, while 62.9 % of the enterprises had website.

At the beginning of this year, 42.2 % of the enterprise employees used computers with access to the Internet for business purposes. Compared to the beginning of 2016, the indicator has gone up by 1.5 percentage points.

ICT specialists[1] were employed in 13.5 % of the enterprises, whereas 4.9 % of the companies provided training to develop ICT-related skills of the persons employed. Significantly larger share of such enterprises was observed in information and communication sector [2] (36.3 %), while the smallest share of enterprises that provided employees with such training was registered in accommodation and food service activities (2.7 %) and construction (0.7 %).

The share of enterprises engaged in web sales keeps growing – from 8.9 % in 2010 and 10.2 % in 2015 to 12.0 % in 2016.

Cloud computing services are becoming increasingly more popular[3]. Cloud computing is used for various IT needs of the enterprise, e.g., e-mail and file storage, office software access, hosting of enterprise's databases, etc. At the beginning of 2017, cloud computing services were used by 16.7 % of the enterprises employing 10 or more persons.

Cloud computing services more commonly are used by large and medium enterprises[4]. This year, the service was used by 42.9 % of large, 22.0 % of medium and 14.9 % of small enterprises.

In 2017, similarly as in previous years, cloud computing the most often was used by information and communication sector enterprises (52.4 %) and companies engaged in professional, scientific and technical activities (33.7 %).The smallest share of enterprises using cloud computing was recorded in accommodation and food service activities sector (5.2 %).

 

Use of cloud computing services in enterprises at the beginning of 2017
(as % of enterprises in the corresponding group)

 

Over the year, the share of enterprises buying cloud computing has risen by 3.6 percentage points – from 8.4 % in 2016 to 12.0 % in 2017, respectively.

E-mail is the cloud computing service used over the internet bought by enterprises the most commonly – 68.6 % of the enterprises buying cloud computing. Storage of files (60.4 %) and hosting the enterprise’s database(s) (51.8 %) are other cloud computing services purchased very commonly.

Large enterprises prefer storage of files (69.7 %), whereas medium and small enterprises buy e-mail cloud computing service (71.3 % and 68.3 %, respectively).

 

Cloud computing services bought by enterprises more commonly
(as % of total enterprise number in the corresponding group of enterprises buying cloud computing)

 

Total

of which by number of employees

10–49 (small)

50–249

(medium)

250+
(large)

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

Most common cloud computing services bought by enterprises

E-mail

68.0

68.6

68.5

68.3

69.6

71.3

59.2

63.2

Storage of files

53.2

60.4

50.7

59.2

59.0

61.6

58.2

69.7

Hosting the enterprise’s database(s)

49.2

51.8

48.8

52.8

50.7

50.2

47.8

47.4

Finance or accounting software applications

38.2

42.3

41.4

47.0

32.4

33.1

27.4

21.1

Office software (e.g. word processors, spreadsheets, etc.)

33.0

38.9

33.0

34.9

30.5

47.4

39.0

55.3

 

More information society statistics is available in the CSB database section Science and Technology (Information Technologies).

 

[1]ICT specialists or IT specialists are able to specify, plan, develop, install, operate, provide support, maintain, manage, evaluate and investigate ICT and IT systems. ICT/IT is their main job.

[2]The survey covers enterprises employing ten or more persons in the following economic activities: manufacturing; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; construction; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service activities; transportation and storage; information and communication; real estate activities; professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities; and repair of computers and communication equipment.

[3]Cloud computing is ICT service on the Internet which provides access to software, data processing capacity and data repository sites (e.g., Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, Windows OneDrive/SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc.), etc.

[4]Small enterprises are employing 10–49 persons, medium –50–249 persons and large – 250 and more persons.

 

 

 

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More information on data:
Aiva Grinšpone
Trade and Services Statistics Section
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