4 steps to public-sector cloud migration — GCN

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4 steps to public-sector cloud migration

In the past decade, cloud computing has exerted a significant impact on the U.S. business environment. Companies have embraced the cloud as a mechanism to cut costs, become more agile and scale resources up and down according to need. In fact, a recent IDC survey found that improved manageability, less maintenance and lower cost of service are a few of the top reasons why organizations are now embracing cloud infrastructures. Total spending on cloud crossed $38 billion in 2016 — a small sliver of the overall $1.5 trillion computing figure but still a sizeable figure for such a young technology.

Despite the benefits of cloud computing, government agencies have been slow to adopt cloud computing. Many organizations in the public sector have been hesitant to make the leap, primarily because of privacy concerns, tight budgets and regulatory requirements. But that’s changing as many state and local government agencies are starting to move on cloud projects.

With momentum building, agencies that are looking to get started on cloud projects should keep in mind these best practices.

1. Accept migration challenges. First of all, understand that migration is going to cause some disruption in operational processes and costs.

To save money down the line, agencies may endure a temporary IT cost spikes. Cloud migration is what people sometimes call a “high-involvement process” — making a fundamental shift from one paradigm to another. In the past, IT was paid as a fixed asset to maintain; now funding IT is a pay-as-you-go operational cost in the cloud. This change requires additional IT staff training, the implementation of new business processes and the modification of existing business processes.

This may seem daunting at…

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