Much time and funding have been devoted to getting cloud underway at all levels of government, and 47 percent of agencies actively use cloud services now, according to Gartner. That likely will grow in concert with federal cloud investments, which research firm IDC expects to reach about $3.3 billion in 2021.
Cloud adoption isn’t just a trend at the federal level. Investments in cloud continue to stay high on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities list.
And as cloud technology has evolved, so too have the possibilities it enables. Clearer uses are coming into view. Benefits are no longer just big-picture, such as greater flexibility, cost savings and increased efficiencies – but more honed. For example, cloud is enabling mission-specific efforts, such as making research more collaborative by facilitating medical data-sharing, protecting children from abuse through data analytics and giving U.S. warfighters an advantage over adversaries with AI.
To learn how agencies are realizing these benefits, we looked at what’s happening in the public sector to encourage cloud innovation. We found that agencies, supported by government initiatives to embrace the technology, are tapping into five key trends:
Trend 1: Cloud supports emerging technology applications, such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things
Trend 2: Cloud enables better government services
Trend 3: New acquisition approaches ease cloud adoption
Trend 4: Cloud tackles security challenges
Trend 5: Private cloud models are picking up steam – again
This guide explores how some agencies are paving new cloud-supported paths and making the most of the technology.