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State and local government facilities invest in cloud for long-term cost savings

By FacilityDude
Oct 23, 2013

Government, Technology, Industry News

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hands holding a cloud As facilities rush to stay on top of the most recent technological solutions, the forecast for FM practices looks to be pretty cloudy. It's no secret that cloud-based tools have been helping businesses of every kind optimize their operations, and facilities managers want in on the trend – that is, if they have not already implemented these innovations. According to The Web Host Industry Review and News, a Center for Digital Government survey found that about 46 percent of state and local governments reported that they are planning or carrying out their organization's cloud computing conversion.

This research, which was conducted for the IT company Unisys, involved polling 109 government IT business executives. Approximately 32 percent of these personnel stated that they are in the process of switching their departments to the cloud, while another 14 percent are hoping to do so in the the future.

There is no question that the popularity of the cloud is growing, given that almost half of small government agencies are looking to these new solutions to support their maintenance management. So, why are these groups making the change from traditional client-server systems to the cloud?  Government Technology explains that the cloud offers them greater efficiency and more flexibility, but at a significantly lower price – no new hardware required.

"Government desires more agility at a lower total cost of ownership, which the cloud offers," said CEO at Capgemini Government Solutions Doug Charles. "This, along with a growing confidence [in cloud computing] both commercially and in the government, will allow the government to further hasten its adoption of cloud technologies."

Dynamic cloud technology enables facilities to make affordable updates

Not only do cloud-based tools present facilities with solutions that are affordable when it comes to upfront expenses, but their services are also cost-efficient in the long-run. As technology continues to improve, cloud computing solutions prove to be extremely flexible and scalable, allowing FM personnel to update their services instantly without making major investments to purchase new hardware.

"This is about strategically positioning resources," said CIO of Orlando , Fla., Rosa Akhtarkhavari. "We still manage and control our data and applications, but we don't have to worry about upgrade costs or large capital expenditures."

While government facilities managers may plan on outfitting their agency operations with cloud computing solutions, it can be challenging to figure out where to start. For FM professionals who have decided that they want to make the switch to the cloud, CMMS solutions offered by FacilityDude are a user-friendly and cost-effective option. With these simple, robust tools, facilities personnel are able to monitor, manage, and report on all of their maintenance management duties without having to shell out a substantial sum of money.

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