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Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:58

G-cloud is still an unknown quantity in local government

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The use of technologies such as cloud is of strategic importance for local government organisations but many are still unaware of the options – including G-Cloud- and are still worried about security.

 In a new survey of local government organisations more than a third ( 34%) do not know what G-Cloud is and security is still holding back adoption

 A new survey by Unit4, of senior UK local government staff revealed security is still the major barrier to adoption of cloud computing, and more than a third (34%) weren’t aware of the G-Cloud initiative to promote and encourage cloud usage.

When pubic-sector organisations were asked about the greatest threats over the next 12 months, an overwhelming majority (98%) responded reduced funding, with 65% listing it as a severe threat. The second biggest threat of the five measured was the loss of key staff through redundancies or retirement.

Around two-thirds (65%) of respondents believed shared services will help address funding challenges, with business transformation the next highest at 63%. Interestingly, and pointing to its strategic importance, 80% of senior executives at board level or above believe technology will help save money, compared with 51% of the sample as a whole.

When asked which areas are considered a priority by your organisation to reduce costs, only three per cent said government frameworks were a high priority, suggesting little awareness of the various schemes which have been implemented.

Despite cloud in many ways being more secure, security is the main concern for local government, with half seeing it as the greatest barrier to adoption. However, 27% didn’t see any of the seven listed barriers as a concern.  

When it came to the G-Cloud – the Government’s framework for procuring cloud-based services – only three per cent said they used it already and 34% didn’t know what G-Cloud was.

“This report lays bare the considerable and ongoing concerns about reduced funding,” said Mark Wilson, Interim Managing Director of Unit4 for the UK and Ireland. “It is encouraging to see that senior management in local government see the strategic role technology has to play in meeting the challenges, it is certainly reflected with our own experiences, Coventry City Council for instance saved £3M with a new finance system. Shared services has also rightly gained traction over the last few years as councils seek to maintain services despite funds falling.”

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