Delivering the Promise of the Cloud
Since the launch of the G-Cloud strategy and the CloudStore procurement vehicle, the early adopters have been moving to realise the UK government’s Digital by Default and Cloud First policies. CloudStore transactions are still small in number and value, but that’s to be expected before the model has been thoroughly tested.
Momentum is starting to build, most notably with first adopter HMRC announcing significant savings and productivity improvements from its move to cloudbased file and print servers1. Other prominent early adopters include DWP, MoJ, NHS and the Cabinet Office. Significant moves that are already underway or in plan include the Houses of Parliament moving to Office 365, the NHS commitment to migrating its secure email services to a cloud environment, and Surrey Police looking to move a significant proportion of its hosting requirement to a secure cloud provider.
Based on CSC’s extensive cloud experience in both the commercial and public sectors, there are the four key pieces of advice that we give to UK public sector organisations that want to embrace cloud delivery and ensure that their first steps — or second or third or fourth steps — really do deliver on the promise of the cloud.
1. Standarise to Avoivd Lock-In Cloud
Store provides the contractual parameters for you to take advantage of the flexibility of cloud services through smaller projects and shorter contracts than has traditionally been the case in the public sector.
2. Break it down: Plan migration in stages
There’s no wrong or right place to start your cloud journey, nor only one route to take if you’ve already started. Many start by migrating traditionally hosted web environments or commoditised applications such as email or standard desktop applications. But equally, we’ve seen public sector organisations take the plunge with complex legacy CRM or ERP applications that are highly customised.
3. Exploit Cloudstore to solve new business problems
While there are significant benefits to be gained from standardising your existing IT estate and migrating it to the cloud, much of the potential of cloud-based flexibility lies in looking beyond improvements in IT delivery. The true potential lies in finding creative new solutions that help you rethink and transform business processes to better address business challenges.
4. Be Demanding when it comes to security
No public sector organisation wants to compromise on security, but with significant pressure to cut costs responsibly, many are taking a closer look at security to ensure that they’re not overpaying to provide a level of security higher than some systems and data need. It’s sound logic to avoid paying for what you don’t need. But we’d rather see the public sector paying less for better security, not being forced to make fine judgements on cost versus risk in the security arena.
Read our Document, Delivering the promise of the Cloud, to find out more