Some local authorities are facing problems moving to the cloud due to poor choices of migration partner, according to new research.
A survey carried out on behalf of the Cloud Industry Forum found that 44% of local authorities have concerns over the migration of data with 41% worried about data sovereignty.
The report said that these problems are often traced back to the cloud-migration partner, and can be remedied by better pre-procurement investigations.
Simone Hume, head of public sector at cloud hosting supplier Outsourcery, which jointly commissioned the study, said: “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.”
Despite the problems, the survey found the rate of cloud adoption was increasing rapidly within the public sector.
More than three quarters of respondents (78%) said their organisation were using some form of cloud-based service. Of the adopters 83% are using two or more hosting solutions, up from 53% last year.
Alex Hilton, chief executive of CIF said: “This research into public sector cloud adoption has been a confirmation of the fact that this sector is increasingly seeing the benefits of migrating to the cloud. “Able to raise cost-effectiveness, productivity and employee satisfaction, cloud services are an excellent choice for any organisation working with the public’s interests at heart.”