cloud computing has enormous potential for public sector IT

      Navigating Cloud Challenges In Public Sector

      As IT leaders in the public sector are aware, cloud computing holds immense potential for transforming public sector IT.  But adopting cloud solutions comes with its own set of challenges, making any transformation project seem daunting.

      Having worked across such projects, Akita is familiar with many of these cloud challenges. Below we outline how they can be overcome:

      Data Security and Privacy

      Ensuring data security and privacy is a paramount concern in the public sector. Local governments handle large amounts of sensitive citizen data and critical information that must be protected from breaches and unauthorised access. Implementing robust security protocols such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and regular security audits is, therefore, essential to ensure protection. Partnering with cyber security-focused cloud providers such as Akita that comply with stringent industry standards and regulations like GDPR further enhances data protection.

      Compliance and Regulatory Issues

      Adhering to regulatory requirements such as GDPR, PECR and the Data Protection Act is a significant challenge. Ensuring compliance when data is stored and processed in the cloud, particularly across multiple jurisdictions, adds complexity. To address this, public sector organisations can work with cloud providers that offer extensive compliance support and maintain data centres in appropriate regions. Akita can assist by regularly reviewing compliance status, and supporting the maintenance of documentation to ensure regulatory compliance.

      Cost Management

      Managing and predicting cloud expenses within the constraints of public sector budgets can be daunting. Unexpected costs often arise from inefficient usage, over-provisioning, or underutilisation of reserved instances. Implementing ongoing management services and solutions to monitor and optimise cloud spending is vital. This will also ensure best practices are followed, such as right-sizing resources, leveraging auto-scaling, and utilising discounts and reserved instances can significantly help in controlling costs.

      Data centres sit at the centre of cloud migration strategies

      Integration with Existing Systems

      Integrating cloud services with existing on-premises systems and legacy applications poses substantial challenges. Compatibility issues and data migration hurdles need to be addressed to ensure seamless operation across hybrid environments. Developing a detailed migration strategy is crucial. Engaging with cloud service providers that offer robust hybrid cloud solutions and support can facilitate smoother transitions.

      Improving Performance and Reliability

      Ensuring consistent performance and reliability of cloud services is critical for maintaining public sector operations. Downtime or performance degradation can severely impact service delivery to citizens. Employing outsourced services with set service level agreements (SLAs) to ensure reliability, implementing redundancy and failover mechanisms, and using performance monitoring tools to track and optimise cloud service performance are essential steps in maintaining high service standards.

      Skill Gaps and Training For Public Sector IT

      The rapid adoption of cloud technologies often outpaces the availability of skilled personnel. Local governments may struggle to find and retain employees with the necessary expertise to manage cloud environments effectively. Investing in training and certification programs for existing IT staff is a proactive solution. Additionally, partnering with managed service providers like Akita can help fill skill gaps and provide essential support.

      Akita works with public sector organisations as an outsourced partner and to co-manage IT estates. To discuss cloud migrations and solutions, please get in touch:  

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