A recent poll of 139 unitary authorities across the country by web developers Eduserv has revealed that 57.5% have taken up cloud computing – entrusting remote services with a user’s data, software and computation – to reduce costs and improve engagement with citizens and 37% said that they use cloud applications.
However, 29% admitted that have not used cloud computing at all, which Andrew Hawkins, business development director at Eduserv, described as ‘surprising’.
Speaking about cloud adoption, Hawkins said: “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.”
“The drive to “digital by default” has started to gain momentum and help councils to empower citizens – and with go-on.co.uk predicting thatdeveloping and promoting digital public services could save £5.1bn, there are clear benefits to councils as well,” he added.
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