This is a good story canvassing most of the issues. I suspect one reason governments are slow to the cloud is that decision-making moves at a different pace to private industry and public servants are far more fearful of risk. Yes, I know cloud computing is less risky, but they don’t.
Originally posted on whatisitwellington:
In 2011 the then US Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra instituted the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, which established a Cloud First policy for government. Three years on the progress to Cloud is extremely slow and problematic, according to an Accenture report that surveyed 286 government technology leaders. The results were interesting:
- Of the twenty cloud migration plans submitted to the Government Accountability Office for approval in 2012, only one has been completed. Eleven of the projects failed to report performance metrics and seven did not include thorough enough cost estimates.
- Less than half the manager’s were familiar with their agency’s Cloud strategy, which is not unusual, given that only 30 percent of respondents claim to be implementing a cloud strategy.
- Only four percent of agencies are actually building Cloud, and the majority of that is private.
- Over two-thirds of respondents don’t believe they have the skills to deploy Cloud.
- A third of agency’s believe they needed at least one more FTE to assist in Cloud.
- A majority didn’t have enough budget to get on with Cloud.