Up in the air

The state of cloud adoption in local government in 2016

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Three years on from Government Digital Service’s ‘Cloud First’ policy announcement, we have tested the extent to which this has penetrated local government. With responses from 408 UK councils, this report provides a comprehensive picture of cloud use in local government.

The report investigates how far councils have developed and adopted cloud strategies, the extent to which cloud strategy and procurement policy are aligned, and where councils are storing their data. Through this research we paint a picture of the maturity of councils’ information management, their readiness to adopt digital methods and how far they have moved away from a dependence on traditional insourced IT.

We hope this report as part of the EBP work, will give helpful insight to public and private sectors organisations alike working with local government, and support councils in particular in the effective adoption of modern IT platforms and methods.