Cloud computing has helped more than 50 percent of logistics companies increase profits, according to a survey of 1,300 U.S. and U.K. businesses, conducted by Rackspace Hosting with support from Manchester Business School.
A third of the companies said the resulting increase in profits was from 1 to 10 percent, but 46 percent reported profits rose from 10 to 50 percent by using the cloud. A majority of logistics companies said the cloud reduced their information technology costs, with 53 percent saying the reduction was in the 10 to 50 percent range.
The survey also showed that of all the considerations involved in selecting a cloud service, security was the most important to logistics companies, followed by speed, price, customer support, reputation, scalability, open standards and open source.
More than half of the companies also said cloud computing improved their business agility, as well as their ability to recover from disaster.