Public Sector's path to cloud adoption: What are some factors that influence the decision to migrate?  

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08 September 2023

Although cloud computing has been around for a while, it is not widely accepted by organisations. Even in the public sector, several businesses have not yet completed their migration to the cloud. Why the uncertainty? Let's investigate the variables and nuances that affect this difficult choice. 

Security concerns: Guarding digital fortresses

Security is crucial in the digital age. Businesses are hesitant about entrusting cloud providers with their sensitive data, especially in industries like healthcare and governmental services. A startling 39% of UK businesses were victims of cyberattacks in 2022, underscoring the vulnerability. Security is a top concern for CEOs and boards since breaches may undermine reputations and influence.

Cost conundrums: Unmasking hidden expenses

While moving to the cloud lowers the cost of the physical infrastructure, it also brings new financial dynamics. The stakes are raised by the financial effects of cybercrime, which cost the UK £27 billion annually. Organisations are frequently shocked by unexpected bills, therefore thorough pre-migration assessments are essential to maintain financial stability and CIO confidence. Recent data from Anadot's 2022 State of the Cloud report demonstrates that 37% of IT executives have encountered unexpected costs tied to their cloud services.

Unmasking the layers of complexity: Navigating cloud transition challenges

Although moving to the cloud might appear simple, complexity lies beneath the surface. It takes careful planning, resource allocation and continuing support to transition from physical data centres to virtual environments. Serverless services and other cutting-edge technology like containers add layers of complexity that internal teams may find overwhelming.

So how can you overcome these hurdles?

Embracing the cloud: A guided journey

Cloud migration obstacles must be overcome with calculated patience. Think of it as being similar to building a custom home; careful planning and professional advice are required. The route is paved by internal IT specialists or cloud-neutral consultants who translate business requirements into a cloud architecture that maximises costs and scalability. 

Crafting a clear path: Define, engage, transform

The first step to a successful cloud migration is clarity. Establish your company's objectives, such as cost-efficiency, scalability or agility. Engage the appropriate skills, whether internal or external, to steer the change. Create a migration strategy slowly, addressing security issues with tactical threat modelling. 

For a Public Sector organisation, cloud improves cost-efficiency, resilience and agility. It is suggested that cloud migration can improve cybersecurity and bring technology up-to-date. The Public Sector can manage hurdles and optimise its cloud strategy by working with cloud technology professionals. The advantages of migration span the whole technology lifecycle, positioning the Public Sector to enhance operational effectiveness and provide better services to residents.

The future: Where cloud leads

Cloud technology is evolving rapidly. Gartner projects cloud spending to rise from 41% in 2022 to 51% in 2023 .Scalability, flexibility and agility are the driving forces. Ignoring this shift could lead to obsolescence. By meticulously planning cloud transitions, Public Sector entities can navigate the complexities and align their cloud environment with their unique needs.

Partnering for success: Your cloud and infrastructure support

Steer your cloud journey with confidence. Connect with our Cloud and Infrastructure team to pave the way for a seamless transition, mitigating security fears, controlling costs and ushering in a new era of efficiency. Find out more about our Public Sector Workforce Solutions.