Over the last few years, cloud computing has taken the IT world by storm. However, there are still myths and misconceptions that surround it – from data security issues to complex migrations. According to  Gartner Inc. (2014), this is due to its mysterious nature and the confusion and hype associated with it. Unfortunately, these myths are inducing fear and slowing down innovation.

This is a particular concern for governments, as they often have highly sensitive data that requires the very highest levels of security. But governments need to feel confident about adopting cloud computing, as it has many long-term benefits. Not only can it help to improve the way cities operate, by helping them to run more efficiently and cost-effectively, but it can also enhance employee and citizen satisfaction. And, when you start to break down the myths, you realize these aren’t the only benefits. Let’s take a look.

Myth One: Your Data Isn’t Secure

One of the biggest myths about cloud computing is that your data isn’t secure. But, this isn’t strictly true. In fact, the security risks are about the same as traditional IT solutions. The only real difference is that you share the responsibility with your cloud hosting provider.

To put your mind at rest, make sure you choose a provider who has multiple security measures in place and uses advanced encryption and intrusion detection systems. They should also provide documentation of security controls, such as SSAE-16 attestations or equivalents for the country. Vendors are saying they use the standard as a necessary, but not sufficient condition.  3rd party attestation of controls is what the SSAE/BSAE does – generally attesting to the standard.

Myth Two: There’ll Be Fewer IT Jobs

Another common misconception is that cloud technologies result in fewer jobs. However, this is not the case. According to IDC, the cloud will generate 8.8 million net new jobs between 2012-2016. As more businesses adopt cloud technologies, the IT industry are likely to need more staff to maintain it.

Myth Three: Migration Is Complicated

 

Many people believe that migrating to the cloud is a complicated process. This may stem from the fact that some cleansing and architectural management may be required (especially if you are migrating from an older legacy system). Nevertheless, migrating to the cloud should be simple and straightforward with minimal disruption, especially with SAP. There is no need to rip and replace your current system. You simply integrate the cloud with the system you have. This way you can literally start anywhere and go everywhere.

Migrating to the cloud can offer greater agility, be cost-effective, and offer reassurance that your organization is prepared for the future. But how can your employees and citizens benefit too? 

What are the benefits?

Implementing the cloud won’t only increase satisfaction for the lives of your citizens and employees, it will also:

  • Reduce infrastructure complexity
  • Enable staying up to date with solution releases easier, which in turn will reduce total cost of ownership
  • Ensure cities are running the latest capability from their software providers
  • Allow city organizations to redirect resources to innovative ways of providing service

Encourage Urban Innovation

If we want to encourage urban innovation and help cities to run better, we need to educate society about cloud computing and dispel these myths. Because, as we’ve seen, there are lots of rewards to reap. 

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