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July 7, 2015

Emergency Budget: 13 billion reasons why cloud confidence is key

UK Government to introduce cloud first strategy.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government looks to encourage public sector companies to have more confidence in cloud, as the government looks to cut £13bn from departments over the next three years.

During the Emergency Budget, Osborne is expected to focus on improving government efficiency, boosting public sector productivity and interdepartmental collaboration.

The measures could include reduction of IT costs by adopting the cloud first strategy.

A study conducted by Dods Research found out that only 35% of UK public sector workers are comfortable using cloud IT, and 36% said that they have not used cloud computing before.

Nearly 24% feel that they do not have enough confidence to embrace the technology, and 47% are uncomfortable with cloud computing itself.

According to another report by enterprise cloud collaboration service Huddle, nearly 92% of public sector employees cited data security concerns for not adopting cloud IT, while 85% had issues with the time and effort required to migrate to cloud platforms.

A further 83% are worried about conflict with existing technology.

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The Huddle study also revealed that despite the ‘Digital Government’ being supported by cloud platforms, collaboration in the UK public sector is inefficient.

Nearly 43% prefer to collaborate by printing documents and mailing them, followed by 27% who collaborate by printing and sending documents by courier, while 18% rely on USB drives to do the job.

Huddle co-founder Alastair Mitchell said: "These behaviours are the antithesis of collaboration and efficiency.

"If cloud platforms are not trusted or believed to be beneficial, collaboration cannot take place, and so insecure and inefficient approaches to co-operation are filling the void.

"There’s no reluctance to collaborate – it’s just that staff are not yet convinced by the tools being offered to them, making it essential that UK Government provides more education on cloud platforms and their benefits."

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