Approaches to cloud computing in the public sector: Case studies in UK local government

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Chang, JL and Johnston, M (2015). Approaches to cloud computing in the public sector: Case studies in UK local government. in: Advanced Research on Cloud Computing Design and Applications Hershey, PA, USA IGI Global. pp. 51 - 72
AuthorsChang, JL and Johnston, M
Abstract

© 2015 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.Cloud computing refers to a scalable network infrastructure where consumers receive IT services such as software and data storage through the Internet on a subscription basis. Potential benefits include cost savings, simpler IT and reduced energy consumption. The UK government and local authorities, like commercial organisations, are considering cloud-based services. Concerns have been raised, however, over issues such as security, access, data protection and ownership. This study attempts to investigate the likely impact of cloud computing on local government based on a conceptual framework and case studies of four London borough councils. It reveals that the concept of cloud computing is new and not clearly understood. Local authorities, who face further cuts in government funding, welcome a cloud-based IT infrastructure which may lead to considerable savings. Yet local government is conservative, so with their risk-adverse attitude local authorities are more likely to adopt a hybrid approach to implementation.

Page range51 - 72
Year2015
Book titleAdvanced Research on Cloud Computing Design and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Place of publicationHershey, PA, USA
ISBN9781466686779
Publication dates
Print01 Sep 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted01 Sep 2015
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8676-2.ch005
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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