How public-sector tech leaders can speed up the journey to the cloud

Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the benefits of cloud-based technologies, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The true value of the cloud is not just lower costs but also access to innovative offerings from cloud vendors and greater resilience and scalability of technology (see sidebar “Making the move to the cloud: Results from the field”). Many early adopters have shown encouraging business benefits (Exhibit 1). The long-term difficulty of maintaining on-premise data centers, the inability to scale (for testing environments, for example), and reliability-related concerns set the perfect impetus for public-sector organizations to consider the case for the cloud.