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Report: Agencies struggling to carry out cloud strategies

Report: The Road Ahead: Three Years After Cloud First from Accenture Federal Services and Government Business Council.

Key Findings: A survey of 286 federal executives found that agencies implementing the federal “cloud-first” policy are having trouble with their cloud transition  strategies. Nearly half (49 percent) of agencies have moved only 10 percent or less of their IT portfolios to a cloud three years after the policy was mandated.

The biggest driver of cloud adoption is cost savings. More than one-third (34 percent) of respondents cite cost savings as their primary motivation. Data center consolidation came in second at 24 percent, which is a path to further cost savings.

Respondents believe the largest potential gain from moving to the cloud is better security. This was followed by bigger storage capacity and reduced IT costs.

Otherwise, staff and procurement have been the biggest challenges for federal agencies in adopting cloud technology. Less than one-third (32 percent) of respondents are certain their agency has the necessary staff to execute its cloud strategy.  Nearly one-third (31 percent) believe their agency needs to hire more employees to manage their cloud strategy.

In addition to hiring more employees, nearly half (45 percent) of respondents feel their agencies need to invest in training. Of the 45 percent, nearly one-third (30 percent) believe a significant investment of $25,001 to $50,000 is needed.

Bottom Line: Cloud adoption has proved difficult for federal agencies despite three years of mandates. Most have yet to move a substantial portion of their portfolios to the cloud.

Posted by Mike Cipriano on Feb 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM


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