Research shows public sector cloud adoption is soaring, but care is needed when choosing migration partner

Research conducted on behalf of Outsourcery and CIF aimed to determine the level of cloud adoption among public sector participants. It found that 78 per cent of public sector organisations have some form of cloud based services in use today, having risen from only 38 per cent in 2010. In addition, there is increased depth of cloud use within this sector, with 83 per cent using two or more hosting solutions within their organisations, rising from 53 per cent last year.

However, respondents also reported a number of challenges in moving to the cloud. Commonly, the public sector has concerns regarding the complexity of migration and data sovereignty, at 44 per cent and 41 per cent respectively, alongside contractual problems or queries. These problems can often be traced back to the cloud migration partner, which can be remedied by a careful pre-procurement engagement that thoroughly examines all prospective cloud suppliers.

Simone Hume, head of public sector at Outsourcery, commented, ‘Complex migration routes, qualms with data sovereignty and contractual queries, while not denting adoption or ultimate satisfaction, are clearly causing some frustration and concern and there is a risk that this will result in organisations not realising the full benefits of a cloud solution. The issues we found seem to have a common cause in the partner chosen to work with, who either didn’t meet an organisation’s needs, or didn’t fully understand or support its migration to the cloud.’

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