Local councils nationwide are following in the footsteps of central government departments and making the leap to innovative cloud technologies as Huddle today unveiled a record year for business in local government organisations. With the company revealing a 142% increase in revenues from local government organisations over the same period last year (1 May to mid-March), it is clear that the barriers to cloud adoption are being overcome. Increasingly, local government organisations are turning to secure cloud collaboration services to work with teams across the firewall, improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Pan government accredited at IL2, Huddle is already used by 80 per cent of central UK government departments, as well as numerous local government and NHS organisations. Local government organisations that have recently joined Huddle’s portfolio of public sector customers include East Lothian Council, East Renfrewshire Council, Kent County Council, Antrim Borough Council and Cornwall Council. In addition, Huddle has seen add-on contracts increase almost three-fold across its local government customers as use of the cloud collaboration service extends across councils.
“It’s great to see local government organisations start to make the shift to cloud technologies,” explains Alastair Mitchell, CEO, Huddle. “At the end of last year, statistics released by the government showed a chasm between spending on cloud computing in central versus local government, with central clearly leading the way. Our figures for this financial year so far seem to indicate that the tides are now changing as local government is now following central government’s lead. Many of our customers have deployed Huddle to drive secure external collaboration, support mobile workforce initiatives and launch paperless office programmes as the service has the correct security accreditations, UK-based data centres and is easy for workers to use. It’s great to see local government move away from Jurassic, on premise enterprise software, such as SharePoint, that fails to support the needs of today’s workforce and costs significant amounts of money.”