Within the public sector of companies is a group known as SLED (State and Local government, Education), organizations that fall into this category include universities, public school districts, law enforcement and city or state governments.
Despite the growing interest in cloud from the public sector (70 percent of public service executives see migration to cloud as key to the transformation of core models and systems in the next three years) there are some unique challenges in this space that need to be addressed first. Below, we break down some of those challenges as well as some solutions.
The public sector (we’ll refer to SLED from now on) faces some common challenges when it comes to cloud adoption, especially around the following:
These problems can certainly hamper the progress of SLED organization’s transformation to the cloud.
In addition, much of the SLED industry uses legacy applications and on-prem infrastructure, some of which is approaching EOL (or past it). As mentioned above, many executives are interested in moving to the cloud but there are rampant concerns around compliance and cybersecurity (ransomware attacks have been especially popular in the public sector lately) and having the right resources to address those concerns. In fact, there were nearly 7,000 reported incidents of a data breach within the public administration sector, according to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.
Addressing the above challenges is key for those in the SLED space to find success in the cloud. Since many companies in this industry are struggling to hire and retain in-house IT talent, working with the right service provider who can manage their systems is key, freeing in-house staff to focus on other areas of the business. A special plus is a provider who can offer the benefits of cloud with minimal or no need to refactor any applications (something that is of huge importance for those on a legacy system). In addition, professional management of the environment and risk mitigation associated with it should also be considered. Keep the following considerations in mind when researching your providers:
Adopting cloud in SLED compared to the private sector is a different beast. There are several challenges around workforce training, cybersecurity and legacy migration that only the right service provider can help address. Finding someone who understands and can solve these unique challenges will help companies in the SLED space accelerate their adoption of cloud computing and catch up with their private sector peers.
Seeking a cloud provider who understands the Public Sector? Otava can help. We’ve partnered with Carahsoft, The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider® to provide secure, compliant cloud solutions to the public sector through Carahsoft’s National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), OMNIA Partners and The Quilt contracts and the company’s reseller partners. Contact us to learn more.