NetApp: Three in Four Public Sector Leaders Support National Data Strategy to Drive Economic Progress

Survey of UK public sector decision makers, commissioned by NetApp, finds cloud growth will accelerate and investment in skills will increase

London, UK, March 1, 2022 –A new study by NetApp, the data-centric, cloud-based software company, has found that the majority (75%) of public sector leaders believe a national data strategy is imperative for the future economic growth of the world. UK. The aim of the National Data Strategy is to cement the UK’s position as a global digital leader by unleashing the power of data. The NetApp® A survey of 200 public sector leaders confirms that measures are in place to achieve this goal across central and local government, health and social services, emergency services, education and defence, accelerating cloud adoption and digital sophistication.

As well as seeing the National Data Strategy as a positive driving force, almost three-quarters (73%) think it will help the UK cement its position as a global digital leader. Public sector organizations use it to guide their own data use and sharing policies. Nearly 4 in 5 respondents (79%) said their organization has a policy on how it uses data that is aligned with the National Data Strategy. However, 47% of public sector leaders believe that building a platform to implement more ambitious data strategies and deliver digital services to communities will require additional investment. In support of this position, more than half (56%) of respondents say their organization’s data is stored on infrastructure that is not fit for purpose.

According to Tim Skinner, UKI Head of Public Sector, NetApp“Public sector organizations have experienced a tremendous digital acceleration in response to Covid-19, and continued progress in increasing their capabilities to use and share data will be fundamental in shaping the UK’s recovery over the coming years. Next 12 months Modernizing infrastructure, continuing to migrate to the cloud, and equipping employees with sufficient digital skills will enable this, but the National Data Strategy is a critical piece of the puzzle, providing clear direction for building a truly digital.

Cloud investment will continue to grow over the next 12 months as public sector organizations expand their capacity to share data and deliver digital services. Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) will maintain or increase their cloud spending, and more than half (53%) plan to increase their usage over the next 12 months. This study shows that cloud and data strategies are maturing in the public sector. Although 79% of organizations currently store data in the cloud, only 30% are consciously adopting a cloud-first approach, indicating that when modernizing their infrastructure, leaders remain pragmatic in their selection criteria to ensure that their choices offer the best performance at the lowest cost. .

In addition to investing in technology, public sector organizations recognize the need to culturally adapt and develop employees to achieve the goals of the National Data Strategy. More than two-thirds (69%) say their organization needs to change culture to digitally transform, while 63% believe ongoing employee training and senior management support is necessary to achieve digital goals in 2022. plus, there is an opportunity to go digital. upskill existing public sector employees, which 65% of leaders say will help their organization overcome technical skills shortages across the UK.

“It is encouraging to see public sector leaders taking a ‘cloud-ready’ approach to investing in IT, which is a financially prudent approach to delivering digitized public services as platform maturity continues to increase” , said Adrian Cooper, UKI CTO, Public Sector, NetApp. “To build on the progress already made, organizations need to find partners with a proven track record of enabling the public sector to lead with data, while modernizing the infrastructure that enables this in a measured and cost-effective way.”

NetApp partnered with Opinium, an independent research consultant, to survey 200 public sector leaders from central and local government, health and human services, emergency services, education and advocacy organizations UK.

Download the full report: The role of data in driving the UK public sector. For more information, visit

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