Channeling the Cloud Survey

Executive Summary

Cloud continues to gain traction, with cost savings a recognized benefit

A majority of respondents say their agency has moved at least some or more applications to the cloud, and more than two-thirds say they now require some degree of cloud access to be successful at work. Most point to cost savings, improved efficiency, and expanded data-sharing as the top reasons for making the transition. Many respondents would like to see cloud provide database, analytics, and management tools going forward.

Security, cost, and legacy IT are common obstacles to optimization

The progress in reducing or optimizing existing data centers attracts little confidence from many. 45% of respondents believe their agency is behind schedule when it comes to reducing its data center footprint. Security concerns, cost, and difficulties configuring legacy IT are the most common impediments to this effort. Many still need assurance that on-premise data will be safely reallocated and that legacy IT can be sunset with minimal disruption to operations.

Poor governance and limited communication keep many in the dark

Many feel that strategy related to cloud migration and data center optimization has not been communicated. 47% of respondents feel that cloud governance is non-existent, and 71% report using an application on at least one occasion which fell outside the agency-approved IT toolkit. This lack of governance invites significant security vulnerabilities and logistical liabilities. While respondents can be spared of the technical minutiae governing cloud environments, they can also benefit from greater awareness of general strategy.

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