Three years on from Government Digital Service’s ‘Cloud First’ policy announcement, we have tested the extent to which this has penetrated local government. With responses from 408 UK councils, this report provides a comprehensive picture of cloud use in local government.

The report investigates how far councils have developed and adopted cloud strategies, the extent to which cloud strategy and procurement policy are aligned, and where councils are storing their data. Through this research we paint a picture of the maturity of councils’ information management, their readiness to adopt digital methods and how far they have moved away from a dependence on traditional insourced IT.

We hope this report as part of the EBP work, will give helpful insight to public and private sectors organisations alike working with local government, and support councils in particular in the effective adoption of modern IT platforms and methods.

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About the author

Jos Creese

As Principal Analyst, Jos acts as the face of our Local Government Executive Briefing programme, independently educating IT and business leaders on a range of business issues and technological challenges. Jos is an independent consultant specialising in helping organisations shift to digital operating models, especially in the public sector. With over 25 years' IT management experience, he has held a number of CIO and non-executive director positions, including with Hampshire County Council as CIO and CDO, supporting business change programmes enabled by IT and leading many IT shared services and IT partnerships in the region. He was president of the Society of IT Management in 2010 and is current president of BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT). He has been named the ‘most influential and innovative UK CIO’ listed in the ‘Top 100 CIO’ since its inception.

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