Date: 13th March 2013
More than half of major councils have adopted cloud computing over the last five years, with more than a third using cloud software to reduce costs or improve engagement with residents, according to a new survey.
Published by web developers Eduserv, the poll of 139 unitary authorities revealed 57.5% have taken up cloud computing – which entrusts remote services with a user’s data, software and computation. The poll also revealed 37% of local authorities across the UK are currently using cloud applications.
Cloud hosting was used by 17% of survey respondents and cloud storage by 12.5%. Only 29% of councils have not deployed cloud computing, the survey found.‘Councils are often written off as displaying a lack of innovation, but it is clear that many of them are leading the way with cloud,’ said Andrew Hawkins, business development director, Eduserv.
Keysource says: The figure reflects the rise and wider adoption of cloud computing over the past few years. There are definite benefits to be achieved in terms of reducing overheads and improving efficiency, but it is also essential to ensure any third party partner can also deliver the required resilience, service level agreements and security of data.
To avoid damaging and embarrassing disruption to service the Councils must undertake detailed risk assessment and due diligence before committing to any switch to cloud computing.