The society we live in has governments that most often rely on technology to deliver services so as to meet the public’s expectations. The pace at which technological innovations have driven government information technology to high efficiencies is highly commendable.
Cloud adoption for innovation
The U.S. had issued a policy in 2011 called “cloud first” to enable agencies to consider cloud options for new IT deployment, with the intention of reducing data centers and cost. The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada are among the countries that followed suit.
Cloud capabilities enable proficiencies with the flexibility and speed required to respond to the changing needs, but they must be created and managed properly. Aligning this can be a daunting affair. Government agencies may lack the resources, time or flexibility to develop customised solutions or delivery systems to support their organizational mission.
To enable this, public clouds must align with the existing security standards and technology that employees have been trained and equipped to operate comfortably. Failing which could make sensitive data vulnerable or lead to efficiency problems. Moving directly to a public cloud and reinventing would be a waste of resources.
Multiple organizations may use the same solutions for common operational needs like email, employee benefits or finance programs, in a shared service environment, instead of each buying solutions for themselves. With hybrid cloud, services can be effectively and securely shared across these organizations with ease, while also letting individual agencies customize their applications and security needs.
A hybrid cloud can improve the scalability and versatility of multiple public cloud solutions. Vendors would be able to streamline internal, on-premise resources and apps that are familiar to the workforce, while maintaining strict security for sensitive data and networks.
Public sector organizations should ensure that their cloud migration is done methodically, with a proper cloud adoption plan to enable a smooth transition to the hybrid cloud model.
The right choice of the cloud would be one that is organizationally aligned. It should be compatible with the existing technology and applications of the enterprise. An ideal hybrid cloud environment would extend familiar on-premise applications and systems to the public cloud architecture, without forcing a reconstruction of the entire infrastructure, rewrite applications or completely train personnel. Open cloud architectures would allow organizations to accommodate future solutions or improvements.
Evolution of Open-source governance
The modern government thrives on an open-source governance where the government makes data and information available to the public for transparency and involvement. IoT devices become the key components of government from which the hybrid cloud model can benefit.
IoT devices requires to be secure and the government infrastructure should be stable, flexible and secure enough to accommodate the growing number of devices and data access points.