Survey finds majority of council staff haven’t heard of G-Cloud

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13th October 2015 10:29 - Local Government

According to the findings of a recent local government survey, more than 75 per cent of council employees have not heard of the G-Cloud framework.Survey finds majority of council staff haven’t heard of G-Cloud

The survey – which was commissioned on behalf of cloud computing supplier, iomart – has revealed that 77 per cent of council staff across all departments have not heard of G-Cloud. Further to this, 17.8 per cent said that they had heard of G-Cloud but they had not used it before.

The G-Cloud is the digital marketplace created to make procurement for public bodies of digital commodities easier.

The findings revealed that of the 809 local government employees, 4.4 per cent had used G-Cloud and around 80 per cent of this percentage were overwhelmingly positive about the experience they’d had with the software, believing that it had indeed improved procurement.

Chief Technology Officer for iomart, Bill Strain, said of the survey findings:

“Our survey shows that when G-Cloud is used for procurement by local authorities the results are very positive but that message is still not reaching the wider management working across local government.’

‘IT managers cannot bring about better local public services alone,’ he continued. ‘There needs to be much more work done to explain the benefits that procuring through G-Cloud can bring, particularly during this continuing time of austerity.”

Additional findings revealed that 45 per cent of respondents were concerned about the lack of security and control that cloud based services offer, with 26 per cent of the respondents claiming to be worried about compliance. As well as this, a further 23 per cent raised concerns about the lack of control cloud services offer.

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