On August 23rd, FCW held its Cloud Summit, focused on the technology, policy, and management strategies that provide a foundation for a cloud-based government. Federal Cloud leaders addressed several topics including the culture of cloud (and its relationship with agency culture), the evolving role of commercial cloud services, and an improving the cost-effectiveness of private clouds. If you missed the summit, you can download additional content below to learn more about this topic.
Give Cloud its Due
As agencies move to modernize systems and consolidate data centers, they are looking to the cloud as a way to improve the flexibility, efficiency, and scalability of their operations. Many agencies were initially drawn to cloud because of the potential cost savings, but the conversation has evolved. Read the full summary here.
Cloud Security Evolves
Cloud has become a core part of the enterprise for many agencies. They have come to accept it can be as secure, or more secure, than their on-premises environments. However, as cloud becomes an integral part of an agency’s enterprise, security becomes more important and agencies have to think about it differently. Read the full summary here.
Maximize the Cloud
In the six years since the federal government kicked off its cloud first initiative, many agencies have evolved from being hesitant cloud adopters to organizations with multiple cloud platforms and cloud-native applications. Agencies involved in this transition have found that in order to get the most out of cloud, they need a holistic plan that considers not only the technology, but also the cultural, policy, and funding issues associated with this fundamental shift. Read the full summary here.
View Data as an Asset
Cloud computing opens a whole new world of possibilities for government agencies, but also presents new challenges for how they manage their data. For most agencies, it’s not a question of if they will move to the cloud, but when and how fast they can make the transition. Read the full summary here.