Why are councils yet to make the wholesale move to cloud? From the FOI responses, we can see that the biggest challenges to widespread cloud adoption are application migration (60 per cent), security concerns (55 per cent), and compliance (48 per cent). To overcome these challenges, councils must ensure they have a clear roadmap to manageable adoption. Key elements of the roadmap should include a reliable budget plan based on valid operating figures, which will then help to minimise unbudgeted costs. This needs to be done alongside a projection of future budgets containing accurate details about potential consumption.
Making more extensive use of the cloud will help councils provide more efficient, easier to access and use services and best of all, given the context of financial pressures, it will help them to save money. What’s more, cloud computing will also play a vitally important role in how councils deliver services in the future, as the digital transformation of public sector gathers pace. Engaging with specialist expertise is one of the ways an organisation, whether in the public or private sector, can optimise the cloud and ensure the challenges to making best use of the cloud can be overcome.