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FedScoop: Federal IT executives expect shift in investments to cloud over three years
[December 06, 2018]

FedScoop: Federal IT executives expect shift in investments to cloud over three years

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As federal agencies move toward what White House officials now call a "Cloud Smart" approach, a new study suggests federal IT executives are increasingly positioned to capitalize on the benefits of cloud computing. (PRNewsfoto/FedScoop)

Those benefits go beyond the promise of reduced IT infrastructure and operating costs. Six in 10 federal IT executives surveyed now see cloud computing as a vital pathway to improve mission critical services. Four in 10 agency IT leaders identify the need to defend against mounting cyberattacks as a driving factor to adopt cloud computing.

The perception of the efficacy of cloud computing is reflected in IT investment expectations: 60 percent of those surveyed said most of their agency's IT spending over the next three years will go toward a combination of cloud models including government-only cloud, public and commercial cloud or a hybrid.

Those and other findings are in a new "Federal Cloud Readiness Report," produced by FedScoop and sponsored by VMware, Intel and Carahsoft. The report explores the progress of federal agencies in adopting cloud computing for a variety of enterprise workload and IT investment plans over the next three years.

When it comes to migrating mission support applications to the cloud, one fifth of respondents report their agency is now ready to provision cloud services or operate cloud environments at scale. Nearly a quarter of respondents' agencies are able to provision and operate enterprise business applications, as well as data analytics tools.

The findings affirm a broader change in the belief that advantages of cloud computing clearly outweigh lingering concerns about security.

However, acquisition issues continue to play a factor: 55 percent of IT executives say their agency's ability to acquire cloud services is inadequate or only average; and 6 in 10 rated available contract vehicles "difficult to use" or only average at best.

"While technical solutions are clearly available, IT leaders continue to express concern about the capability of their agencies to acquire cloud services using current contract vehicles. That suggests more must be done to update and streamline cloud acquisition practices," said Wyatt Kash, senior vice president of Scoop News Group, which conducted the research for FedScoop.

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