Dominic Browne 05 March 2013

Cloud computing adopted by 57% of major councils

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%.

cloudOnly 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.

‘The drive to "digital by default" has started to gain momentum and help councils to empower citizens – and with predicting that developing and promoting digital public services could save £5.1bn, there are clear benefits to councils as well. Cloud computing is clearly supporting these efforts and it is encouraging to see such good adoption rates.’

Around a third of councils (29%) admitted that they had not deployed cloud computing at all.

‘Although cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all technology, it is surprising to see that there are still many councils which have not yet adopted it in any sphere of working life,’ Mr Hawkins said.

‘Uptake has increased steadily, with a third of councils adopting cloud in the last three years.’

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