From checking out library books to paying property tax bills, citizens interact with state and local government agencies for many aspects of their everyday lives. Behind every transaction with the government is an administration and finance function that relies on technology for these and many other kinds of financial and data management activities.
This “back-office” function in government is critical to providing services for citizens. However, many agencies are running a patchwork of on-premise legacy systems that are difficult to change and impossible to scale because of high volume demand. With security being a top concern, it’s all too easy for cybercriminals to penetrate confidential systems. Moreover, physical and natural disasters, as well as the pandemic, have necessitated agencies to examine disaster recovery and business continuity plans in order to protect these critical assets.
Streamlining administration and finance, as well as back-office functions by moving them to a cloud infrastructure is something that state and local government agencies should consider investing in.
These were the key themes of part four of the American Rescue Plan video podcast series, hosted on Government Technology Insider, where Sarjoo Shah, Industry Executive Director for State and Local Government at Oracle, discusses this topic further.
“On-premise infrastructure required hand holding and human presence to upgrade,” said Shah. “Cloud-based infrastructure can be scaled up or down without human presence. In addition, cloud-based infrastructure helps strengthen the security posture and reduce risk with security-first design principles that center on providing built-in security controls. Cloud-based HR solutions also provide the government with better speed and integration for more rapid and efficient hiring.”
Listen to the full video podcast below:
*This video series was recorded in the spring before the formalization and passing of the American Rescue Plan Act. As such our subject matter experts refer to the American Relief Plan in the video.
Click here to listen to Part Five of the “American Rescue Plan” Video Podcast Series.