Cloud computing could save agencies significant money, but less than half of the respondents to a recent survey believe their agencies are considering a shift. (scanrail / Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Agencies could save nearly $19 billion by migrating services and applications to the cloud, according to a survey of IT professionals released July 23.
Public-private IT partnership Meritalk interviewed 159 agency IT professionals and found that while managers believe in savings averaging 18 percent only 41 percent said their agencies were considering cloud computing options.
The majority of IT managers surveyed gave their agencies only a “C” grade when it came to adoption cloud technologies.
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Chris Smith, the vice president of technology at AT&T government solutions, which underwrote the survey, said there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cloud computing and that agencies need to tackle their concerns about security and data management before making the jump.
“While cloud is not appropriate for every agency in every instance, there’s no question it can deliver compelling efficiencies for many if not most applications, and we’re seeing increased appetite from government customers for cloud conversion strategies,” Smith said.
The primary concerns federal IT managers identified included security, which 71 percent said was a top barrier for moving to the cloud.