Three approaches to national cloud strategy
Government cloud adoption is at its pinnacle. In fact, spending on public cloud services is expected to grow from $22 billion in 2010 to nearly $73 billion in 2015 - a compound annual growth rate of 27.6% - according to IDC. This growth rate is four times faster than the growth of IT spending overall, and as the third-fastest adopter of cloud technology, the worldwide public sector is helping drive this trend.
National governments are leading the way with serious investment in cloud technology. With the financial crises of the past five years, revenue is becoming so constrained that they are looking to do new with less—innovating faster while saving tax dollars. The cloud supports these efforts by helping governments to centralize their IT assets, save money, and, at the same time, be more responsive to their citizens.
Now is the time for governments to transition to the cloud
Due to economic constraints and budget pressure, many governments worldwide are asking their CIOs and IT departments to increase productivity while reducing costs. It’s a significant challenge. However, it’s a goal that can be accomplished by embracing the cloud.
In fact, now is an ideal time to move to the cloud. The technology is proven, robust enough for government demands, and many governments that are already leveraging the cloud are seeing significant benefits such as cost savings, improved efficiencies, opportunities for innovation and new market possibilities.