Andrea DiMaio, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Inc./Photo courtesy of Gartner Andrea DiMaio, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Inc./ Photo courtesy of Gartner

provinces in other parts of the worlds, where budgetary constraints and lack of adequate resources may make a cloud computing proposition even more palatable.

There will be issues about cloud impact on local economic development and employment. During the current recession and at the dawn of recovery, government organizations are expected to play an important role in stimulating local economies. Decommissioning infrastructure and moving workloads and processes into the cloud implies that government spending may have no positive impact on local suppliers nor use local resources.

While this would probably be good for environmental sustainability, it may be hard to justify at times and in jurisdictions where the economy and the tech industry in particular struggle. This is similar to the past calls for the adoption of open source software in government that were not solely driven by cost and vendor-independence considerations, but were often motivated by local development issues.

Federal, state and local government agencies need to look at cloud computing as an additional technology and process sourcing opportunity to be evaluated alongside many others in terms of how to realize public value, which is a combination of operational efficiency, constituent service level and alignment with political priorities.

 

Andrea DiMaio  |  Contributing Writer
Andrea DiMaio is vice president and distinguished analyst for Gartner Inc.