For agencies that have embraced cloud computing, the ability to buy access to software and hardware as a service has and continues to transform the way government operates.
But as the U.S. General Services Administration has noted, “the customer journey down the path [to cloud] can be fraught with lack of information, and there are a multitude of places where even the most experienced IT manager can make mistakes.”
With that in mind, how do agencies successfully move from considering cloud to actually buying cloud services? How do agencies implement those systems and ensure they are secure? Addressing these issues is often easier said than done, especially when critical applications are involved. But finding the best way forward and executing that plan isn’t impossible.
There are numerous success stories about agencies moving human resources, financial management and other systems to a cloud environment — some of which you’ll read about in this GovLoop guide.
To help you map your path to the cloud, this guide includes eight case studies that highlight key aspects of the cloud journey and how agencies addressed the following:
- Identifying agency needs
- Developing requirements
- Securing the system
- Implementing the system
- Using the service
- Planning for version 2.0