As more businesses gear up to join the cloud, there is another sector looking to gain its benefits: Governments. Many different countries' governments are looking to utilize the cloud in order to cut costs and reduce reliance on IT workers in day-to-day operations which would have the benefit of allowing those governmental agencies to operate more swiftly and efficiently. When an agency doesn't have to deal with the laborious, time-intensive process of replacing and repairing computers that may have important data on them, it can much more easily fulfill its government duties. While the business sector may get into cloud computing to beat rivals and gain advantage in their industries, governmental agencies wan become more efficient in order to save taxpayers money and do their jobs more efficiently.
According to CIO, the Australian Federal Government has decided to establish a panel of cloud service providers on in the year 2015. This panel is designed to help the Australian government work with Software as a Service partners, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service.The private sector could learn from the eagerness that Australia has demonstrated for the advantages of cloud computing. The use of a cloud host is simply too powerful to turn down for Australian government workers, because so much of federal work involves keeping track of data. The policy specifically notes that the Australian government is attempting to eliminate data duplication and the fragmentation of data that occurs across agencies when citizens fill out different forms that supply information needed for different departments. The hope is that cloud computing will allow information to move between agencies much more quickly, allowing for a more efficient system.
Other governments not to be outdone
The U.S. Federal Government is showing similar interest in working with private and hybrid cloud hosts. The advantages of cloud computing are more clearly seen by those who are currently implementing more data maintenance programs within their agencies. Those respondents who are more out of the loop, technologically speaking, were less likely to view the cloud positively. This means that professionals who are currently working with the higher-end technology that sorts data have a better opinion of the cloud according to Business Solutions, which speaks to the fact that most who work with the cloud are able to see how much more efficiently it allows employees to work. Many of the benefits of cloud computing are only truly seen when they are able to be viewed from the perspective of someone that has worked with it. Mobility is so powerful for efficiency that it is easy to undervalue.
Finding a systems that works more efficiently than traditional IT is at the top of most federal employees' minds, according to Business Solutions. These government agencies also tend to make sure that they can trust their cloud vendors by keeping many security functions on premise, keeping data on dedicated server and network infrastructure, and requiring that security measures taken be certified. Utilizing the cloud doesn't necessarily leave data exposed, as these Federal agencies are showing the business community. It can instead be a way to actually increase long-term security and beef up elements of the structure of IT within a business.
The advantages of cloud computing are there for businesses and the federal sector alike, and widespread adoption by both types of organization is likely over the next couple of years. Industries continue to work to gain advantages on each other by utilizing technical advances faster, and governmental agencies strive ever onward toward more efficient and quick methods of doing business. The cloud is, at this point, too valuable to ignore and too important to move slowly toward.