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Get Ready for the Inflection Point in U.S. Federal Government Cloud Adoption

Published: 19 January 2016

ID: G00296584

Analyst(s): Rick Holgate, Neville Cannon


In response to the maturing cloud-based as-a-service market and their growing experience with commercial cloud service providers, federal government CIOs are poised to make a bigger push to the commercial cloud. This research helps CIOs move to a fully cloud-augmented environment within five years.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The demonstrated success of cloud-based applications (such as enterprise email) has increased the confidence and willingness of federal government CIOs to move a growing population of mission-critical applications to the cloud, which could lead to widespread, distributed, ad hoc cloud adoption
  • The significant effect of impending cloud migration on residual retained workload will require CIOs to accurately plan, estimate and monitor their changing on-premises infrastructure
  • The decision for most agencies to adopt a hybrid IT model — choosing cloud-native services for some fraction of their portfolio, maintaining an on-premises component for those most sensitive and mission-critical applications — will require federal CIOs to pay careful attention to architecture, management and acquisition

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