3 myths about moving to the cloud and how to think about them

When the federal government issued its “Cloud First” policy more than a decade ago, the hype of virtualized infrastructure were promising a path forward for agencies to migrate to a safer, more secure, and more economical IT operating environment.

Over the last 10 years, as agencies threw themselves into cloud modernization projects, three myths evolved that continue to weigh down assumptions about moving to the cloud. While agencies have come a long way in understanding what’s required in setting up cloud services, understanding these myths is essential to the long-term success of any cloud initiative.

Myth 1: Cloud is cheaper

One of the biggest myths surrounding cloud migrations is that they are all, somehow cheaper and result in immediate cost savings.

Looking at the totality of the operation, agencies end up spending more because they are doing more with the cloud, taking advantage of opportunities to use a lot of functionality. These costs can be offset by new efficiencies.

Myth 2: Cloud is easy

For years, agencies have been sold on the myth that moving to the cloud is going to simplify IT — and lead to a single pane of glass to manage an entire IT environment.

The reality is, it’s just too complex in most use cases, especially in a multi cloud environment.
Many agencies turn to SaaS (software-as-a-service) tools and other cloud platforms to speed up modernization without having to invest right away in cleaning up the entire back end.

The reality is that it’s a lot more complex on the architecture side and the policy side. Traditional network folks have spent their careers trying to keep the cloud out or keep things from leaving the environment. It’s a challenge for policy folks who have to work through good security strategies to accept the transfer of data.

The good news is that cloud technologies have evolved significantly over just the last few years in terms of inherent cybersecurity capabilities, inherent openness, and agility and scalability.

There’s no lack of very good, scalable, agile technology that the government can use but it’s not a one stop shop, and it’s not out of the box.

The key is to get into conversations with vendor partners or integrator partners and figure out what works best in terms of the technology.

Myth 3: You’re the only agency facing a talent shortage

The IT talent shortage is all too real with all organizations going through the challenges of finding enough skilled workers.

But fresh talent doesn’t only exist outside an organization. Leadership cannot forget about the upskilling of existing talent. There are a lot of people in the federal government and other state and local governments who want to be doing public service and they’ve been doing it for a long time.

Summarized from fedscoop.com

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