According to a new study by Access Markets International, the cloud and mobile applications have helped each other expand in the IT sector.

Small- and medium-sized businesses constitute the biggest chunk of this IT spending, as 3.5 million U.S. SMBs use smartphones, while 700,000 deploy tablets in the enterprise. The report found that this trend is gaining momentum, as companies expect device implementation will increase by 40 and 85 percent respectively.

The cloud is one of the main catalysts of this emerging IT trend, as the technology is well-suited for mobile computing. Furthermore, many of the operating systems currently featured on tablets and smartphones are delivered through a cloud-based solution, making the technological partnership a logical one.

"These mobile apps are fueled by data that live in the cloud. It is no surprise that their adoption is analogous to what AMI has observed with the cloud; U.S. SMBs have been adopting cloud services to meet a wide variety of business needs," stated the report.

Cloud computing may be critical for businesses seeking remote access capabilities for their workers, stated a recent report by Simply Business. Many of these IT advantages will be delivered by mobile devices.