It is not just businesses that are turning to cloud computing, with local councils also making use of cloud services.
The cloud is being used by both local and national government as the authorities look to streamline the way in which they offer services to the public. The internet is now widely used by local authorities, with residents able to obtain information online that used to take much longer to find. Applications for parking permits, council tax information and even payments for rent and other services can now all be made online.
The government has introduced a cloud-first policy and it is expected that more and more services will go online. For governments in Scotland, the availability of G-Cloud is pushing these changes forward. The changes are easy to make, as the applications needed can be found quickly and implemented as required. Local government is now under pressure to save money and cloud computing can be the way to achieve this.
Cloud computing allows government agencies to push out new applications quickly, as code can be created in a matter of weeks rather than the years it used to take. As new technology is developed, governments can take advantage of it to deliver new software as needed. There is massive potential for mobile applications, which can improve the relationship that local government has with local residents; for example, apps that allow residents to report road repairs that are required or to report a forgotten bin collection could be well received.