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has often been touted as the technology of the future. However, in Australia, where the vast majority of businesses fall into the small to medium range, the Cloud is the technology of right now.

The last thing SMEs need to worry about is capital expenditure on infrastructure for hardware and software, as well as the considerable cost of maintaining software compliance. The burgeoning market for Cloud Services has finally come into its own, with Australia leading the way in adoption.

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The Shire of Esperance (WA) is now using the recently launched Civica cloud platform for a range of major applications.

Civica is a long established supplier of information systems to local governments. More recently, it started offering outsourced business processes, and last month launched a Citrix and FlexPod based cloud service for local authorities.

Esperance runs a wide range of applications on the service, including Authority Enterprise Suite, HP TRIM, Cadcorp, Amlib, Infocouncil, Microsoft Office and Exchange, and Symantec Enterprise Vault.

An expectation of reduced performance sometimes discourages organisations from taking advantage of cloud systems, but Esperance's experience was very different.

"Since moving to the new Civica cloud we have noticed a major improvement to the user and performance experience," said Shire IT manager Sean Kenny.

The cloud migration was performed over a weekend to avoid disruption to services.

Civica managing director of local government solutions Michael Preedy said, "Local government organisations today are under increasing pressure to improve service delivery whilst keeping costs down...

"Our new cloud offering will provide local government with all the benefits of an integrated, enterprise solution capable of providing consistent, accurate data to all parts of the organisation while at the same time mitigating risk by utilising the latest technology data centre infrastructure backed by Equinix."

Civica's cloud platform is located at Equinix's Sydney data centre.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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