The recession has played an important role in convincing businesses to convert to cloud computing services, it has been suggested.
According to an article by The Front Line, a recent survey by Accenture has found that in excess of 50 per cent of its surveyed clients now run some form of the technology.
Saideep Raj, partner of Accenture Global SaaS Practice, explained to the news provider that the cost-saving benefits of the software were making it popular among businesses.
Furthermore, the expert suggested that companies that had made the switch to cloud-based products were able to enjoy greater flexibility and the opportunity to "create new business models".
Meanwhile, currently the main obstacle to adoption remains concerns surrounding the privacy of data on external servers.
The US Census Bureau recently used both software as a service and infrastructure as a service applications during its 2010 Census.
Network World reported that the government agency made substantial financial savings and was able to boost its IT capabilities because of the service.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler