2009 Budget Pressure: How Government Administrations Can Cut Costs with Cloud Computing
Municipal authorities and local governments took a leadership role when it came to deploying wireless internet networks and truly embraced WiFi technology for the good of their citizens. This created impulses for the industry still felt today. Fast forward to today and we have a much more hesitant environment. Budget cuts make investments in new technology difficult. What, however if such investments in turn would be able to reduce overall spending and contribute to keeping within the limited 2009 budget?
Currently government administration processes are largely paper-based, incurring printer maintenance costs such as toner and repairs as well as the cost of paper itself. The shift to all-electronic paperless processes will not only drastically lower these aforementioned costs, but it will make the processes themselves much more efficient. Thus reducing processing times and overall administration workload.
The budget crisis requires government administrations to take a very close look at all processes and their costs. By eliminating individual PC workstations with full software installations and instead powering staff terminals through the cloud, government administrations can significantly reduce the cost for software licensing while at the same time not having to worry about individual installation, upgrades and maintenance of software products.
Deploying cloud computing also meets the strictest data confidentiality and backup requirements. With no physical printouts, no document copies saved on individual staff terminals and automated file backup in the cloud, the top three reasons for data security breaches are effectively disabled.