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Universities lead the way in public sector cloud adoption

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When it comes to cloud usage among public sector organisations in the public sector, it seems universities are surprisingly leading the way.

A new report by Eduserv has claimed that more than a third of universities (36 per cent) store at least 10 per cent of their data in the cloud.

The report, based on a poll of 633 organisations and IT leaders in the public sector, also says that organisations have different motives behind cloud adoption. Universities and public bodies enjoy scalability and agility, while emergency services are most drawn towards cost savings.

Public bodies are next, followed by local authorities and emergency services. At the same time, looking at on-premise storage, 91 per cent of public bodies still use it, as well as universities (72 per cent), emergency services (61 per cent) and local authorities (34 per cent).

All of this leads Eduserv to believe that the government's Cloud First initiative is far from being a success.

“As the report highlights, the journey will start on-premise and will almost certainly transition into a hybrid phase, possibly for quite some time, as many organisations are insufficiently mature in their IT management and information governance”, says Andy Powell, CTO at Eduserv.

“During their journey to the cloud, public sector organisation IT departments will need to refine their IT delivery models, based on an improved understanding of cloud technology and its potential, new governance models and opportunities of information and data. There is no better time to start thinking about those issues than right now.”

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.