Following the FoI request, 30 of the 32 London boroughs provided a response. Of those that replied, 53 percent said they are currently planning an infrastructure refresh project, with a further 20 percent in the process of rolling out a refresh.
In addition, when asked about their biggest challenge in the data centre, 16.5 percent of local authorities cited outdated infrastructure more than any other challenge listed in the survey.
Doug Rich, VP of EMEA at HyperGrid, said: The FoI findings provide a clear indicator of a need for change and modernisation in local government IT estates. Legacy systems are no longer capable of coping with the challenges brought about by budget cuts, increased demand for higher-quality services and reorganisation to fit the changing role of local government. The focus on quality is a crucial one: local government can no longer afford to settle for solutions that simply get the job done. The demands of digital transformation and ever-increasing workloads mean that IT infrastructure needs to be high-performing yet flexible to rapidly changing requirements.
To help achieve this, Rich believes that local authorities need to give thought to take a consumption-based approach to IT. When asked, 43 percent of boroughs said they would consider a consumption or subscription-based model. Rich added: It is evident that there is a substantial appetite for changing the way IT is consumed in the data centre as refresh projects get under way. Choosing a consumption-based model enables local authorities to be much more agile in how they update their infrastructure. This can come in the form of cloud-based services, including email, apps or the governments G-Cloud procurement system.
Rich concluded: Local authorities should be aiming to consign the old ways of consuming IT to the past. Casting off traditional vendor lock-ins for a more flexible approach brings greater opportunities for a more cost-effective service. Digital transformation is placing a significant amount of strain on both public and private sector organisations, and local government cannot afford to be left behind.
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