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Government CIOs See Expected Cloud Cost Savings Evaporate

Published: 20 February 2015

ID: G00272823

Analyst(s): Glenn Archer, Neville Cannon


Government business leaders are pushing agency CIOs to increase responsiveness and deliver savings by making rapid moves to cloud. However, evidence is mounting that these expectations may be overly simplistic and unrealistic.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Cloud Benefits Are Bigger Than Savings
  • IT Management Practices Need to Be Cloud-Ready

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Government CIOs are making quick, tactical choices to achieve compliance with cloud-first directives and, consequently, are compromising the opportunity to maximize the potential savings or realize other benefits from cloud computing
  • Government CIOs' and business leaders' failure to establish appropriate operational and investment practices creates an environment that complicates their ability to make more considered and strategic decisions, ultimately inhibiting broader support for cloud adoption
  • Weak or absent cloud adoption strategies relevant to the agencies' context hinder CIOs' ability to leverage cloud computing to deliver benefits to the overall organization and, as a result, promote the ad hoc procurement of stand-alone solutions by business units

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