The Key to Accelerating Innovation in the Public Sector

September 2, 2020 | min

Historically, the public sector tends to adopt progressive IT practices at a slower rate than private sector organizations, hindering innovation. Year after year, agencies develop plans to dramatically reduce traditional datacenter use in favor of hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments, but these plans have yet to come to full fruition.

To learn more about the impact the cloud has on organizations globally, Nutanix commissioned a survey with Vanson Bourne to create the second annual Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI). From this, we looked at the data from public sector respondents and sought to answer the following question: What cloud deployment and planning trends are government organizations and public institutions prioritizing? The results follow.

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Hybrid Cloud Usage is Top of Mind: Across all industries surveyed, the public sector ranks lowest for hybrid cloud adoption, but attitudes are shifting, as 76% of respondents said they see the hybrid cloud as the ideal IT operating model. The survey also revealed that the public sector plans to increase hybrid usage by 35%, taking a step to decrease traditional datacenter deployments and improve the innovation and IT infrastructure within their workforce. 

Digital Transformation is Imminent: Digital transformation is having a positive impact on the public sector as they look to innovate IT models. The survey data showed that 64% of respondents cited digital transformation having positive impact on cloud implementation

within their organization, and 23% believed that digital transformation will have a positive impact on their day-to-day business operations. 

Costs and Budget Remain Key Considerations: Cost control is crucial to ensure an organization can invest in the resources needed to drive digital transformation efforts. With 53% of respondents reporting that they care the most about cost advantages when choosing cloud deployments, repatriating unoptimized applications and data from the public cloud can help accomplish the necessary savings. With this in mind, nearly 49% of public sector organizations reported public cloud budget overages, with 16% being described as greatly over budget. With such significant budget overages, especially in a sector with notoriously slim budgets, the shift to hybrid cloud is necessary not just to improve agility and innovations but to better manage costs as well. 

The data from the Public Sector ECI points to major changes coming, which are likely accelerated by the pandemic. As the public sector looks to modernize, cost management and hybrid cloud adoption will be the first steps on the journey to digital transformation. This effort will give public sector IT leaders better visibility into their cloud consumption across both public and private clouds, as well as better control of their entire cloud infrastructure. 

To further understand digital transformation and discover how hybrid cloud can help, explore our eBook on Hybrid Cloud Solutions.

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