Now more than ever, agencies are motivated to migrate to the cloud. In fact, recent survey results revealed that 91 percent of federal agency respondents have transferred all, most, or some systems and solutions to the cloud. But as many of these agencies enter into the next phase of cloud navigation, they must critically assess their current cloud environment to ensure that their needs will still be meet after their migration. With the latest cloud technology, agencies can successfully lift and shift their IT infrastructure while keeping costs low and maintaining best-in-class performance and security.
Clarke Colombo, Director of Sales Consulting at Oracle, commented in an interview that federal agencies have difficulties finding solutions fit for the mission “because many of the cloud software as-a-Service platforms that are available today are based on industry best practices. These business processes were designed for commercial customers, and then tried to force fit into the government space.” In response to this disconnect, several leading technology providers have tailored cloud offerings to meet public sector requirements and identify “cloud native capabilities to enhance that workload to essentially make it cloud native.” When moving workloads to the cloud, the goal is gradual improvement, rather than radical change.
The U.S. Department of Treasury is one agency that has benefited from moving to the cloud. While the U.S. Treasury recently announced a $1 billion enterprise cloud contract, TCloud, the agency began their journey when they transitioned a 20-year-old, on-premise HR application to the cloud. The agency’s need to manage costs, deliver predictable budgeting processes, and free-up resources for other strategic initiatives were the driving forces behind the decision to move.
Chak Susarla, Senior Director of Enterprise Business Solutions in the Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Departmental Offices at U.S. Treasury, said that “the criteria [they] were looking at was affordability, security, getting out of the hardware business and scalability.” Susarla and his team successfully moved the application to the cloud after many months of a meticulous planning and provisioning process. As a result, users from all bureaus within the U.S. Treasury can seamlessly use the application. In addition to being FedRAMP and FISMA compliant, the move saved the agency millions in cost and has increased performance for users.
As agency missions evolve in the digital age, the flexibility, economies of scale, and budget enabled by moving to the cloud will only become more important. To maximize the return on investment, agencies must understand their goals, dependencies, and workloads to identify the proper solution and vendor for their needs. In doing so, the agency will achieve greater success when migrating to the cloud.
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