Gartner Research

Government Cloud Use Policy Template

Published: 09 May 2016

ID: G00302208

Analyst(s): Neville Cannon


Ineffectual government cloud use policies can hinder take up of cloud services, rather than encouraging their adoption. This research gives government CIOs a template to use as a constructive starting point and a guide to the best practices for developing their own cloud use policy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Review This Template Against Your Existing or Proposed Policy, Identify Relevant Gaps, and Decide If Your Policy Will Deliver Stated Aims
  • Ensure Your Policy Drives the Correct Behaviors of Those Covered Under the Policy by Using Constructive, Direct Language and Avoiding Value-Laden Statements
  • Enable a Bimodal Approach to Procurement and Innovation, Balancing Risk and Due Diligence With Rapid Acquisition of Cloud Services
  • Enlist Procurement Staff as Partners in the Formulation of the Policy and Understand the Necessary Changes to Make in Existing Procurement Policies and Practices

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