Mid-size jurisdictions have lagged in cloud adoption, but new information seems to indicate they’re finally catching up.
Few technologies have become more important during the global pandemic than cloud computing. Cloud platforms have helped companies stay productive, enabled remote workers to keep working and have helped cities and jurisdictions continue functioning.
Unfortunately, many mid-size jurisdictions have been slower to adopt cloud technologies, compared to some of the larger cities. It’s unclear why this is the case, although budget and expertise concerns may have been factors. Others may have wanted to see how well cloud computing worked for larger jurisdictions before getting on board.
“The COVID-19 pandemic exploded that kind of thinking,” says Phil Bertolini, co-executive director of the Center for Digital Government.
“With all this happening, cloud starts to make more sense,” Bertolini continues. “Cities and counties that haven’t started with cloud no longer have the luxury of waiting. And jurisdictions that already have started will go faster.”
According to the Center for Digital Government’s research, cloud adoption has now become “a top-10 technology priority over the next 12 to 18 months.”