Federal Government:

Modernizing with Cloud

Federal and national governments face an unprecedented opportunity to migrate, enhance, or replace legacy systems. Many such systems are decades old, and they have built up technical debt, constraining digital transformation, and hence created an innovation impasse

Over 75% of the U.S. Federal IT budget is spent on maintenance and management of IT systems

The alignment of the U.S. legislative and executive branches on IT modernization and establishment of capital operating funds now provides incentives for agencies to increase the use of cloud-based services. These agencies are redeploying savings for additional innovations to create more quality and timely services for constituents. Forward thinking government organizations are modernizing their infrastructure by accelerating their adoption of cloud and 3rd Platform technologies which play a vital role in government’s digital transformation.

Public cloud offers federal agencies an efficient way to deploy, simplify, and standardize IT while providing mission-critical solutions and innovative applications.

Drivers for Federal Government to Invest in Public Cloud include

For many agencies, the question isn’t whether to move to cloud but what services can be deployed more efficiently via public cloud. Agencies seek to provide additional capability and better serve citizens with less internal up-front cost and fewer resources.

A recent IDC survey of government decisionmakers indicates that security concerns are no longer the top government organizational concern about cloud. These top three concerns surpass security concerns, ranked fourth, and include:

  • IT governance issues, including challenges relating to defining standard services and SLAs
  • Regulatory or compliance issues
  • Downtime, causing business interruption

Yet, less than a fourth of government responders deploy automated data management solutions to proactively enforce policies and protections:

Which statement best described your organisation's cloud data management?

As the use of cloud solutions in government increases, IT leaders recognize that the success of their mission depends on taking full advantage of cloud innovation while ensuring consistent service levels, data management and privacy, and user experiences.

While adopting cloud technology is not without challenges, the benefits federal government can realize are significant and include the abilities to:

  • Modernize and improve government and constituent services while containing costs. The integration of services for customer support extends to an agency’s internal customers as well.
  • Accelerate innovation/time-to-value. Hybrid cloud gives developers access to traditional and cloud-native application resources, including self-service capabilities, which accelerates innovation/time to value.
  • Help drive innovation. Over 70% of federal government survey respondents indicate that cloud is significantly or partially exceeding their expectations of driving innovations and/or digital transformation in the organization.

Government IT Modernization and the Adoption of Hybrid Cloud

Federal and national governments face an unprecedented opportunity to migrate, enhance, or replace legacy systems that have historically constrained digital transformation and innovation. Hybrid cloud is now a relevant operating model in government and, for many agencies, the question isn’t whether to move to cloud, but which applications and services can be deployed more efficiently and effectively via public cloud across a broad range of strategies—from on-demand capacity, DR, and backup to application migration, modernization, and next-generation development.