Citizens in today’s digital age expect efficient public services and a government that can stay up-to-date with modern technologies. In response to this expectation, cloud computing has become an important part of local and state government IT solutions around the nation.
In a recent survey, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers found that the number of state governments making the jump to cloud services had increased sharply over the year before. So, what are the benefits of the cloud for municipal organizations? Let’s take a closer look.
Lower Hardware Costs
The cloud allows municipal organizations to reduce spending on IT hardware, because storing data on-site can be very expensive. According to Gov Pilot, this is particularly true in smaller municipalities or organizations who may not have the resources and staff to maintain a secure data center. This has been a motivator for many police departments to move to the cloud. They often deal with sensitive information and might not have the resources to manage the hardware redundancies, especially when it comes to security updates, cybersecurity monitoring and physical on-site security necessary to store that data safely.
The cloud helps employees throughout public organizations to work more efficiently, reducing the number of hours they spend on a given project like data entry. This is because the cloud allows employees to enter data directly from their mobile devices, which saves them from having to enter data for hours at the end of their shift. The cloud also allows multiple departments access to identical, current information, which decreases time lost on communication bottlenecks. Needless to say, the cloud is great for increasing operational efficiency.
A recent study shows that hacking attacks were responsible for more than one-third of the data breaches recorded by state and local government agencies. Since most municipal organizations hold highly sensitive data, it’s critical that their cybersecurity measures are up-to-date. Luckily, cloud technology can perform automated backups, ensuring that data can always be recovered in the event of a disaster. Electronic devices can also be wiped remotely in the event of theft or loss.
If you’re interested in how the cloud can benefit your organization, learn more about MDL’s cloud services.