Cloud computing, big data: new opportunities for companies

Thomas Vacher, Nadège Pradines, division Enquêtes thématiques et études transversales, Insee

In 2016, among companies located in France with 10 or more employees, 17% purchased cloud computing services, compared to 12% in 2014. In France, the use of a cloud is still much less widespread than in Europe as a whole (21%). The largest companies, those with 250 or more employees, used these services most and this use increased significantly between 2014 and 2016. 48% used these services in 2016, against 36% in 2014. Data storage and messaging are the most frequently used services but more advanced services are being bought more than in 2014.

The use of private clouds, via dedicated servers, has increased in favour of shared servers.

In addition, in 2015, 11% of companies processed big data. Almost two thirds of them use geolocalised big data. The sources used and the purpose of the processing depend a great deal on the business sector. The three-quarters of companies that do exploit big data have their employees perform some of the processing.

Lastly, half of companies issue electronic invoices. Only a small proportion of these invoices are in a format suitable for automatic processing.

Insee Première
No 1643
Paru le : 30/03/2017