Public sector budget for cloud still low

Budget allocation for cloud is still not a priority for the Western European public sector, research has found.

In a survey of IT decision makers, IDC’s Government Insights Survey found that more than half had no budget assigned specifically to cloud computing. Those who did only had less than 15 percent to spend on this technology.  

And despite there being known benefits for the public sector, IDC said many organisations are steering clear of the cloud because they are afraid of the “unknown.”

However, just under a third of respondents agreed that improving service levels, business agility and ease of deployment to end users would be a huge incentive for government organisations in Western Europe to adopt the cloud.

Concerns about security are holding back 46 percent of those questioned, while 36 percent said that current laws and regulations hindered the use of cloud by government agencies or departments. Just over half of those asked said that cloud services would reduce the volume of data stored on laptops and other personal devices in their government agency. This in turn would reduce the “potential for data loss.”

Despite this, 75 percent of respondents said they had not deployed and were not planning to deploy cloud for any part of their business in the next 12 months.

The survey forms part of a new report by IDC, which aims to look at cloud computing with specific reference to the role played by the European Commission. It also hopes to highlight the ways that public sector organisations can benefit from cloud computing.