Bosses most confident on tech savings

Written by Colin Marrs on 23 October 2015 in News
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Senior managers in local authorities have much greater confidence that technology can enable cost savings than the rest of their organisations’ staff, according to new research.

A survey carried out by enterprise application supplier Unit4 found an overwhelming consensus that reduced funding is a threat to local authorities – 98% said it was a threat, with 65% labelling it as a severe threat.

However, the poll found that 80% of senior executives believe digital transformation will help save money, compared to just 51% of the sample overall.

Mark Wilson, interim managing director of Unit4 for the UK and Ireland, said: “It is encouraging to see that senior management in local government see the strategic role technology has to play in meeting the challenges.”


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Unit4 surveyed 1,086 senior UK local government staff on technology trends in the sector.

There was little awareness of government frameworks aimed at saving money – only 3% said they were a high priority.

Only 3% said they used G-Cloud, with a third saying they didn’t even know what it is.

Securing was listed as the greatest barrier to adoption of cloud services, with half identifiying the issue.

However, two thirds said their organisations already used a shared service, with 34% seeing it as a high priority.

Human resources and payroll services viewed as the most likely area for sharing with other organisations by 63% or respondents.

The research was carried out by Dods Research, part of Public Technology’s parent company Dods.

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Christine Grange (not verified)

Submitted on 26 October, 2015 - 10:03
It is great that senior managers in local government see technology as key to saving them money. However, to achieve such transformation staff at all levels need to be involved in shaping and driving the change. Effective digital transformation cannot be driven by senior management alone. For leaders in any business undergoing digital transformations today, it’s important not to get starry-eyed. History is littered with examples of companies that invested in the wrong technology, overspend and the paid the price. Local government needs to look at their specific needs and find the right the mix to achieve transformation.

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