There is no argument for retaining in-house data centres, according to David Wilde, executive director for place operations and CIO at Essex County Council.
Wilde spoke to V3 ahead of the V3 Cloud & Infrastructure Live 2016 online summit, saying that the council had two data centres which he already had plans to get rid of in the next two to three years, primarily because he feels the cloud is now secure enough to house all of the council's data.
"There just isn't an argument for retaining your own data centres in the same way that 60 years ago there was no need to retain your own electricity generators," he said.
Wilde, who will be taking part in the free-to-watch summit, said that cloud computing had been helped by a positive change in the managed services sector.
"There has been a positive movement in the managed service arena in terms of running line-of-business systems in the case of local government and social care where they are sufficiently commoditised or packaged managed services so that we don't need to have our own anymore," he explained.
"It's been particularly big for social care systems, and we'll also begin to see that on core desktop services when moving to Microsoft Office 365 and so forth."
Wilde explained that there is still legacy in local government but claimed that this is "diminishing at a fairly rapid rate".
"What I find comforting from local government is that we're seeing a greater willingness to embrace the technology. So I think if you're in the IT world, it is easier to sell the proposition [of something new] than it has been in the past," he said.
Wilde is most excited about the predictive analytics layer in the cloud and big data space.
"When you team predictive analytics with the Internet of Things it's very exciting. We're entering a different period with how you're going to target people's needs," he said.
Hear from Wilde as well as Mark Evans, head of IT at property and construction practice RLB, and Simon Tarry, director of engineering strategy at Ticketmaster, at the V3 Cloud & Infrastructure live 2016 online summit. The event takes place on 20 and 21 April. Register to tune in for free.
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