The Public Technology Institute recently released a list of top ten technology management and application priorities for local government in 2016. PTI asked local government technology executives to rank a list of priorities from one to ten. Carolinas IT has a solution for each of these technology priorities and we will explore how we can help you with each of these priorities in a series of blogs.
View Top Priority: Security
View Top Priority: Enterprise Vision and Roadmap for IT
View Top Priority: Legacy Modernization
View Top Priority: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
View Top Priority: Budget and Cost Control
View Top Priority: Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
View Top Priority: Human Resources
#8 – Cloud Services
A well-designed cloud strategy that is synchronized with corporate objectives has become a “must-have” for competitive organizations. In fact, 90% of enterprises plan to maintain or increase cloud spending this year. Spending without strategy can result in a waste of time, funds, reputation, and good will with both customers and employees. Here are a few basic services to consider as part of a comprehensive cloud strategy. There are many more, but these will get you going in the right direction.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – IaaS is simply having access to equipment by paying for that access on a monthly basis. Leveraging IaaS allows you to get the benefit of enterprise grade equipment to host your servers. You get all the benefits of scalability, performance, stability without the up-front investment of purchasing large amounts of equipment and software. You pay for what you use on a monthly basis.
Security – When evaluating cloud services, security of the service is a primary consideration. Even though your data may be in the cloud, it’s important to develop a comprehensive security strategy for your entire cloud and non-cloud environment that includes the elements below. Don’t assume that a cloud provider has acceptable security, ask questions to evaluate how they protect and back up your data.
- Next generation firewall (NGFW) protection with traffic inspection
- Intrusion prevention systems with intrusion detection
- A security program of regular audits with periodic security scans
- Antivirus protection
- Secure file sharing
- Email encryption
SaaS (Software as a service) – A SaaS offering provides you with access to the software without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure, operating system, or database. You pay for access to the application, and the provider ensures it is up and running for you. Most providers include all upgrades, licensing, and support, and you pay on a per user or per company basis. Good examples of this are Salesforce.com and Quickbooks online.
For more information on how you can leverage your cloud services, contact us today.