Here, UKCloud discuss the results of their public sector organisation survey on the current use of cloud and ask, how do you compare?
As we begin a new decade, it is exciting to think of all the innovation that will fundamentally transform the way public services are delivered – from the impact of Smart Cities on Local Authorities, to the power of data analytics and artificial intelligence to help drive better patient outcomes across the NHS.
Fast forward ten years, and the future is very bright. But, here in 2020, the dramatic changes that are required to make that leap can seem daunting and overwhelming. Take cloud as an example. In contrast with traditional environments, cloud provides the scalability, resilience and functionality that enables organisations to become more agile, and to embrace transformative technology trends such as hyper-connectivity (5G, IoT), mixed reality and augmented intelligence.
This is why the UK Government shifted to a ‘Cloud First’ strategy back in 2013, a strategy that has been adopted by all parts of the public sector.
Yet, despite this clear desire, cloud adoption across public sector is still patchy. The vast majority of public sector IT remains in traditional, non-cloud environments. So, to find out why, UKCloud surveyed more than 300 public sector organisations, large and small and asked them about the common issues and challenges that are impeding broader adoption of cloud.
The results are emphatic. First and foremost, there remains a universal desire to move IT environments into the Cloud, with almost 9 out of 10 respondents stating that if a ‘perfect solution’ existed, they would move all their IT into the cloud. This chimes with our own interactions with customers and partners – the conversation has shifted from “why should I use cloud?”, very much to “how do I move to cloud?”.
Notably, the spread of challenges that public sector organisations are facing that impact the ‘how’ is very revealing. Indeed, given the variety of challenges, it is clear that a single cloud can never be the ‘perfect solution’ – a range of technologies will need to be deployed in order for public sector organisations to overcome various challenges: budget, skills, pace of change and their approach to commercial risks.
This report presents the key findings from the survey along with contributions and insights from various experts, including VMware, Redhat, and the Cloud Industry Forum. It is intended to help drive awareness of the challenges that public sector organisations are facing so that these challenges can be discussed and addressed.
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