Posts Tagged 'Government Cloud Computing'

Why Cloud First Makes Sense For All

US federal agencies are now required to adopt a ‘Cloud First’ policy when considering new information technology purchases. With an $80 billion per year IT budget, just a small percentage saving makes a dramatic impact on the bottom line. This policy is a refreshing and clearly logical policy and my opinion is that it should be adopted by all organisations no matter what their size. Let me explain why I so strongly support a ‘Cloud First’ policy for all.

Such a policy is not suggesting or indeed promoting a blind, uninformed shift to cloud computing. What it is saying is that a cloud solution should be adopted whenever a “secure reliable cost-effective cloud option exists“. Surely this is just good business practice. If the word cloud was dropped from the previous statement, the hope would be that all organisations, including government would be applying such a policy to all purchases all the time. The fact that the word cloud is there appears to make a large majority of people nervous, often sceptical and as a result missing out on potentially large business benefits.

The key to a cloud first policy is an awareness of what cloud computing is, its benefits and risks and how it compares to more traditional IT delivery mechanisms. As a Learning Tree instructor teaching the Hands-On Cloud Computing course, one of the things I enjoy most is meeting a class with a diverse range of computing needs and discussing with them how cloud computing can benefit their organisation. Occasionally it may not be appropriate for their current requirements, but I leave happy knowing that the attendees will adopt a Cloud First policy to their future IT projects because they have the knowledge to properly evaluate the options, risks and benefits.

Chris Czarnecki

Refreshing Government View of Cloud Computing

Last week I posted on how a former UK government CIO had suggested that the UK government was not reacting quickly enough on cloud computing. I did a presentation this week to a diverse audience and many of the UK government attendees had a very negative or misguided view of cloud computing. It was thus refreshing to hear this weeks comments made by the GSA assistant commissioner Mary Davie on cloud computing.

Given the US office of Budget and Management has taken an aggressive stance on cloud computing and its adoption, Mary Davie’s comments are refreshing, realistic and totally appropriate for cloud computing adoption not only by government but by all business. What Mary Davie did was very clearly dispel some of the major myths associated with cloud computing including:

  1. Cloud can be anything
  2. Public clouds are not secure, and agencies can’t control security requirements
  3. Agencies will lose control of their data
  4. Moving to the cloud is difficult

I wrote a white paper on the myths of cloud computing a while back, you will see some similarities in the arguments to those proposed by Mary Davie. To me the most exciting aspect of Marie Davies comments were in the summary which said Fact: Cloud Computing Enables Good Government. Here is a respected professional, with no commercial agenda providing clear leadership and sensible judgement on the capabilities of cloud computing.

The summary of the Mary Davie article is applicable not just to government but to ALL businesses. Those businesses that appreciate the benefits are gaining a significant competitive advantage over those who are either not aware of them or who have hidden behind the myths. That’s what I really enjoy about presenting Learning Trees cloud computing course, teaching people what cloud computing REALLY is, against marketing hype, and the different ways it can benefit their business. If you are sceptical or have more interest in cloud computing, why not consider attending and see how cloud computing can help your business.


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