Government Looks To Save Costs With Cloud Computing

Cloud computing and business outsourcing services are expected to receive a huge push in 2011 as the UK government prepares to mount strategies to reduce costs, a report has revealed.

Research and analysis firm Ovum notes in its 2011 Trends to Watch: Government Technology report that the government is looking to offer most of its services over the cloud and to outsource some of its back-office processes.

Jessica Hawkins, an analyst working with Ovum said in a statement: “Governments should push beyond knee-jerk cost-cutting measures and adopt a long-term vision of how fundamental changes to the way they deliver services will bring efficiency.”

“Many will look to their IT vendor to guide them through the new technologies that can help them achieve this, and vendors should be ready to do this.” she said.

The government has already announced plans to deploy G-Cloud, a cloud computing network that will be used by to offer government services. UK expects to save £1.2 billion a year and hopes that this could escalate to £4 billion by 2020.