Have you ever had a chance to create some time and space to explore the pros and cons of cloud computing with colleagues from other agencies and backgrounds?
Last week I had the opportunity to do just that at the Ovum Industry Congress Ovum Industry Congress 2014 in London. The Ovum Industry Congress drew participants from all over the globe who wanted to learn more about information technology as it relates to their industry.
I was lucky enough to particpate on a panel discussion at the event about cloud computing. The objective of the panel discussion primarily focused on the gap between the promise of cloud computing and the outstanding issues stifling cloud adoption.
The discussion gave all who attended a chance to ask key questions about policy and practice related to cloud computing adoption. The panelists agreed on these 10 conclusions:
- Complexity built up over decades hampers the ability to innovate; simplification is needed to unlock the potential to innovate and deliver better outcomes for citizens
- Cloud computing has become one of the key disruptive technologies for governments large and small around the world. It is unleashing new operating models that are simplifying the technology stack to improve performance at lower costs.
- Deploying a portfolio of public, private or managed cloud offerings will enable agencies to complete projects faster and with less total cost of ownership (TCO) if executed correctly.
- We see pockets of adoption with different types of end-to-end cloud deployment options and applications (some successful and some not so successful)
- Organizations are starting with small one off projects to live and learn about acquisition best practices, cost/budget implications and support related needs. These smaller projects are paving the way for future successful enterprise wide projects.
- There is an understanding that some solutions meet specific requirements or mission needs but end to end foundation and interoperability issues have not fully been addressed in many organizations.
- To achieve better total cost of ownership, security risk and compliance issues agencies need to eliminate the need at the departmental level to take on shadow IT projects to achieve their objectives.
- Patience is needed while government optimizes procurement policy to acquire cloud computing capabilities
- There is an opportunity for government to leverage shared services through the cloud to reduce costs but there is still lots of duplication across regional
- We must learn together and share lessons learned as we adopt cloud computing. It is not a question of if the cloud will change the way we consume technology but how and how soon. .
These conclusions will not be surprising to many readers but do confirm that we need to continue to collaborate and co-innovate to get the most from cloud computing. The more we educate each other and share best practices the better.
Please share something about cloud computing you believe we all should learn about.