Meeting the Cloud Imperative
While there have been many discussions around Cloud Computing, the adoption has been slow among public sector organizations. Despite plethora of information available around Cloud, State leaders still have differing viewpoints on how Cloud can help, how it can be compliant, how could security issues be addressed, which governance model would work best, how to identify and track outcomes and most importantly, how to procure these services quickly. Even the early adopters on cloud have started stumbling on what next after email migration. There is also a clear trend emerging that makes mobility and Cloud go hand in hand, thereby allowing applications to be less dependent on internal infrastructure and more universally accessible on a plethora of devices, where information can be accessed anytime and anywhere.
I recently served as a commissioner on Techamerica Foundation's State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC) and helped publish the latest report- The Cloud Imperative: Better Collaboration, Better Service, Better Cost. The report analyzes these issues and outlines recommendations for State & Local governments to adopt and implement cloud technologies successfully.
We spoke to multiple stakeholders, researched and found that a successful cloud implementation demands a structured approach across dimensions such as infrastructure, people, processes and dollars. A typical implementation cycle spans 4 stages viz. Readiness assessment, Risk & Plan governance, Solution implementation and Operation, and transforms culture and processes. While cloud consumers don't deal directly with technology details, technical aspects around data governance, service model, service level, portability, privacy & security must be considered while planning for cloud roadmap and selection of a service provider. And, procurement can be accelerated by leveraging cloud-specific procurement models.
You can access the report here to know more about the technical, business and policy issues related to cloud adoption and learn about the program, project and operational best practices that will ensure a successful cloud implementation.