When the UK government formally introduced its Cloud First policy in 2013 it signalled its desire to drive wider adoption of cost-effective cloud computing in the public sector.
This is a laudable aim. What we need to remember, however, is that the Cloud First policy is not just being promoted and mandated for reasons of cost. What it really heralds is the strategic importance of the cloud within the government’s vision for how it does business in the future.
“The Cloud First policy will embed the skills a modern civil service needs to meet the demands of 21st-century digital government and help us get ahead in the global race” said Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.
The message is becoming increasingly clear: while many organisations have experimented with cloud and achieved successful tactical cloud deployments, they are now being asked to do more. The focus is changing and public sector organisations are being asked to start harnessing the cloud to enable more strategic transformation.
But with limited experience beyond tactical deployments, how can you address this need for strategic cloud adoption?
This guide seeks to help address that shortfall by detailing a step-by-step journey through a typical strategic adoption. It includes considerations and recommendations that will help you move forward with confidence.