VMware Research Reveals Agencies are Navigating Compliance, Security and Upskilling Employees Amid Cloud Adoption
Today, at the Public Sector Innovation Summit, VMware announced findings from a study on how government agencies are scaling use of multi-cloud environments for mission success. The study, titled “Multi-cloud Is The New Frontier Of Government IT," conducted by Forrester Consulting, found while the move to multi-cloud is a priority, agencies face challenges supporting growing cloud environments, including compliance standards, data security and upskilling employees.
A ‘Cloud‑Smart’ Approach for the Public Sector
The survey captures responses from more than 500 agency leaders and IT decision-makers at federal, state, and local governments in the United States and Canada and discovered that while agencies are accelerating cloud adoption, multi-cloud environments are far more diverse, complex, and distributed than anything organizations have managed in the past. This can create barriers or force trade-offs between moving fast and managing risk. The challenge lies in finding the right tools and platforms to meet agency demands and keep data and processes safe and compliant. The study found when selecting cloud platform providers, the top priorities for agencies were:
- Security (74%)
- Lower total cost (67%)
- Interoperability of applications (66%)
- Ease of use for users (66%)
- Agency contracting equity goals (63%)
- Regulatory compliance (58%)
Talent Paired with Technology
To achieve a faster and smarter path to multi-cloud, agencies are focused on scaling security and upskilling employees in tandem with cloud adoption. More than half of agencies (57%) expressed concern about data security as they look to increase cloud adoption and 65% of agencies have plans to increase their investment in professional development for their developers.
“Multi-cloud is the new reality for government agencies but as they increase cloud investments, they also need to lay the technical and cultural foundation,” said Jennifer Chronis, vice president, public sector, VMware. “VMware is uniquely positioned to meet our customers wherever they are on their digital transformation journeys and help them take full advantage of multiple clouds. Across the public sector, we are giving our customers the power to accelerate innovation and improve resiliency on a trusted digital foundation.” (Twitter, LinkedIn)
The full study, complete with recommendations for a ‘cloud-smart’ approach to the multi-cloud era can be downloaded here.
Learn more at the Public Sector Innovation Summit
VMware’s Public Sector Innovation Summit brings together leading technologists from the private sector, along with IT leaders and experts from federal, state, and local government. This year’s theme, “A Holistic Multi-Cloud for Mission Success,” explores how agencies can reimagine mission success innovating across clouds.
The summit will take place at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET. It will also be live streamed. To learn more or to register to attend, please visit: Public Sector Innovation Summit 2022.
To learn more about VMware is helping the public sector innovate, please visit:
- Innovating for the Future: 4 Public Sector Priorities for 2022
- Jennifer Chronis on her move to VMware and a preview of the Public Sector Innovation Summit
- Clark County Accelerates Digital Transformation with vRealize Suite
- The Case for Multi-Cloud: Paving the Path for Government Innovation
- Zero Trust Security: A Dynamic Approach for Government Agencies
VMware commissioned a survey, undertaken by an independent research organization, Forrester Consulting, in March 2022. 501 agency leaders and IT decision-makers at federal, state, and local governments were surveyed on cloud practices including strategy, process, and solutions. The research was conducted in the United States and Canada.
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