The journey to modernization has its challenges, but that doesn’t mean the ride has to be bumpy. Jolts and jerks are optional. Getting to cloud smoothly and unscathed is a matter of heeding first principles. For starters, avoid incompatible systems that bust budgets and the morale of IT teams. Consider a hybrid cloud solution. Done well, hybrid delivers impressive ROIs by optimizing compute and storage capabilities. For some agencies, a platform based approach can be the best means of standing up a hybrid cloud solution. Using multiple clouds, agencies can leverage fast-evolving as-a-service technologies. To get the most of hybrid cloud options and technologies enabled by them, agencies are pursuing strategies that balance costs and benefits. The goal is to reach the goals of modernization without suffering breakdowns or hardships along the way.