Governments at all levels, from federal to state and local, are shifting computing needs to a cloud infrastructure. During a time of accelerated digital transformation and rapid adoption of digital tools, governments are continuously working on developing their capabilities to meet citizens’ demands, seeking to deliver both agility and security. One of the technologies adopted by governments is cloud computing because of the great advantages expected out of the shift of institutions from traditional computing methods.
Cloud platforms give governments access to productivity tools that they can use to consolidate administrative and operational processes. With the technical transition from traditional IT to the cloud, IT staff will no longer have to install, configure, and test the operating system. By refocusing resources as well as operations and maintenance expenditure for data centers, governments are also able to shift their focus toward improving citizen-facing services.
By introducing cloud computing, customers can access their data through the internet via any device at any time from anywhere, thus eliminating the need to invest in huge infrastructure capabilities, purchasing hardware and software, building data centers, hiring experienced IT personnel, etc.
Governments can now accelerate insight with real-time, automated data pattern identification and collaboration that lets them securely ingest and process all types of data, with a solution that is tightly audited for compliance with federal standards. On top of that, the security of cloud services is improved regularly, which in turn improves the security of the data that is running on the platform.
Cloud computing enables local governments to scale up and down in real-time, potentially resulting in significant cost savings. This way, governments pay for the capacity they need, when they need it.
By migrating to the cloud, agencies and offices enable more agile systems, minimize development and administrative costs and can achieve time savings as well. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, for example, reported 60 percent in cost savings when moving to the cloud from an on-premise solution.
John Skinner is the CEO of Revenue Solutions, Inc. For over 25 years, RSI has delivered transformative technology solutions across hundreds of client projects throughout the United States and Canada.