With the promise of lower costs, increased efficiencies, and new ways to meet organisational priorities, there is a lot of excitement about cloud computing. This is particularly true for government organisations that see ways to leverage the cloud to reduce costs, improve transparency, advance collaboration, better focus on critical needs, and increase citizen services.
Microsoft is the clear leader in cloud computing with software, services, and tools that are familiar to people around the world. Our vision for cloud computing offers a holistic approach that enables organisations to determine what they need from the cloud and how it fits into their environment. Cloud computing should not be an all-or-nothing decision, but rather, another set of tools to accomplish your goals and meet the requirements of your organisation. This is why Microsoft provides offerings to support public, private, and on-premises solutions - you can decide which capabilities belong in your environment and which belong outside, to complement, extend, or replace your existing ICT assets.
The benefits of cloud computing
Key benefits of cloud computing include:
Reduced initial capital expenses through lower technology cost.
Ability to redeploy ICT staff while maintaining or expanding capabilities.
Greater agility and scalability to adapt to changing workloads and needs.
Enhanced capability to meet organisational mission by aligning ICT resources to value-added tasks.
Microsoft cloud services lets you deploy deeply-integrated solutions on-premises, in the cloud, or using a combination of both. And cloud computing can help you better manage and reduce your ICT costs to adapt to shrinking budgets while, at the same time, reducing your environmental impact and creating more time for ICT staff to focus on critical projects.
We also know that highly-secured data storage and access control are crucial for governments. This is why we are designing cloud computing services to meet and exceed internationally-recognised standards.
Microsoft cloud services are flexible and subscription-based, so you only pay for what you use. That way, even when your technical requirements change, you can predict costs and keep funds allocation on-track.