Collaboration in the Cloud

Over the last few years, many government organizations have made the switch to the cloud, including GSA, the Department of Interior, the states of Maryland and Utah and cities of Orlando and Pittsburgh. One of the most recent organizations to transition to the cloud is the U.S Holocaust Museum, and they did it all in just 90 days!

In the video below, David Mihalchik, Head of Google Apps for Government, discusses how the cloud in government has become mainstream, and suggests that the question is not “why can’t I move to the cloud, but why aren’t I.” He shares how Google has focused on collaborative tools to help government employees do their work better, not just cheaper.

In a recent video series, Joseph Kraus, CIO, U.S. Holocaust Museum, shares how and why they chose to transition to the cloud, and specifically Google Apps. He highlights three main business cases for making the switch:

  1. Lower IT costs
  2. Simple platform that upgrades automatically and without additional costs
  3. Online collaboration made easy

Online collaboration was the key reason, and as Joseph notes, “it fundamentally changed the way the organization works.” Now the organization can quickly and easily update documents without worrying if they are the most up-to-date version. Citing the procurement process, the museum has gone from entirely paper based to entirely online, making it more efficient and time-effective. In terms of implementation, the organization was pleasantly surprised at how easy the transition was (especially with the help of their Google Guides).

Google is a public and profitable company focused on search services. It’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Check out their Google for Gov group on GovLoop as well as the Technology Sub-Community of which they are a council member.