At the beginning of 2020, in conjunction with our partner Vysiion, we released a report detailing survey responses from public sector organisations around their cloud strategy and cloud adoption.
It was interesting to see the interpretation of the Government’s Cloud First policy in the survey results. 79% of organisations correctly identified that they must ‘think’ public cloud first, but that other hybrid cloud options catering to more appropriate levels of security, flexibility and cost efficiencies should be evaluated. However, only 59% of organisations considered cloud a ‘Very Important’ part of their overall digital strategy.
The results of the survey highlighted an encouraging awareness of the need to assess cloud technology appropriately before deployment. Leigh Hall, Head of Data Centre Engagement at Vysiion commented “In line with what we are experiencing with our public sector customers, the survey results support the trend to include cloud in digital strategies. It is encouraging to see public sector organisations being aware of the need for them to make an initial assessment of public cloud but retain the ﬂexibility to utilise on-premise or private cloud options where security, ﬂexibility and value for money can be demonstrated. This is where the Crown Hosting framework supports Cloud Transformation by providing unbeatable commercial terms for legacy infrastructure while organisations establish their cloud strategy. Discovering an overwhelming majority felt that hybrid cloud was the right strategy for them endorses the experience we have with our customers in almost all cases”.
Surprisingly, 32% of survey respondents had yet to define what their organisation’s cloud strategy would be – and so it wasn’t surprising to learn that 45% of organisations had also not yet decided how to implement cloud technology as part of their transformation programmes.
Now the obvious point here is that the world looked very different at the beginning of 2020. It’s well documented that as the Covid-19 pandemic hit we saw unprecedented changes in operations, with entire workforces told to work from home (nobody say ‘new normal’!). Public sector organisations faced a huge challenge in continuing to provide essential public services with a remote workforce. The challenges around cloud adoption had to be put aside to be able to respond to the pandemic and IT leaders looked to fast track cloud adoption to enable operational changes.
Justin Day, CEO at Cloud Gateway said “In the wake of the pandemic, we’ve seen a huge acceleration in cloud adoption across both public and private sectors. However, IT leaders had little time to think strategically, where tactical fixes took precedence in the short term. Particularly in government, there is a lot of old infrastructure around, but unfortunately that is responsible for some very important forward-facing services. Now public sector organisations have a chance to take a step back, think strategically, and build something which transforms moving forward.”
Cloud Gateway and Vysiion want to help public sector organisations to benchmark their cloud strategy and adoption against their peers and understand what it really takes to become a Digital Pioneer in their organisation in a post-Covid world.
Take the survey to share where you are in your journey and receive results to discover what steps to take to become a Digital Pioneer – or whether you’re already paving the way for others.