Avit: Cloud services for the government
Local governments and semi-governmental institutions are facing a wide variety of developments that directly affect their organisations. The Dutch government delegates more and more tasks to municipal governments, who in turn struggle to comply with regulations because of strict deadlines and shrinking budgets. The national government is also striving to digitise its government services and have municipalities cooperate with both public and private chain partners. Realising an electronic municipality and linking that to national facilities leads to drastic changes in the municipal organisation and the way IT is used.
This is exacerbated by (official) mergers and the exchange of activities pertaining to e.g. Healthcare Indication, personal budgets, WMM and taxes. Shrinking budgets are also a cause for municipal governments to go with their own strategic direction. Far-reaching cooperation with neighbouring municipalities or other governments can lead to significant savings, for example on housing and staff expenses. The optimisation and digitisation of services to civilians (e.g. by setting up digital windows with video) benefits both parties: things are made easier for civilians and the government’s costs are reduced.
Cloud computing: lower costs and increased flexibility
All these developments increase the interest in IT and particularly in cloud computing. Cloud services offer flexibility and security (scalability, always the latest applications, etcetera) and financial benefits (pay for what you use, lower investments in people and assets). Avit helps (semi-) governments by providing a wide range of services and products in the cloud. This includes Desktop as a Service (DaaS), which allows IT workspaces and their management to be outsourced. Our own Hosted Avit Collaboration Solution (HaCS) connects everyone within and outside the organisation and allows for improved communication and cooperation. With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), we make capacity in our data centre available as needed. We even provide building security via camera surveillance (CCTV).
Secure, cost-efficient and scalable cloud solutions
These cloud services indeed result in cost reductions: it is no longer necessary to purchase servers and hardware, which saves both space and start-up and maintenance costs. The flexibility and scalability of the solution prevent shortages or overabundances of server space. We charge a fixed monthly amount, so there are no financial surprises. We offer 24-hour service and support. It goes without saying that security is safeguarded by top-of-the-line professionals who have made this their business. Finally, we take matters out of our clients’ hands by serving as a central point of contact for all IT services.