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Counties Have a Lot More Cloud Migrating to Do

The majority say they could put most of their systems in the cloud, but have not.

As huge as today’s cloud business is, there is still a ton of work to do in moving local government’s systems to the cloud.

That’s the overall conclusion from early results of the 2017 Digital Counties Survey from the Center for Digital Government (CDG)*. The survey, which collected responses from a sampling of counties in the U.S., found that 78 percent of respondents had less than 20 percent of their systems and apps in the cloud.

Because respondents are typically among the more advanced counties in the country when it comes to digital adoption, it’s likely that that figure is higher than the real average.

Further, the survey also asked county tech leaders how much of their systems could ultimately be migrated to the cloud. The plurality of respondents, 45 percent, said that at least half of their systems and apps could be moved to the cloud. Another 22 percent said that they could put 41-50 percent into the cloud.

The counties who actually had more than 40 percent of their systems in the cloud came to about 3 percent of respondents.

CDG will release the winners of the 2017 Digital Counties Survey on July 20.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.