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Transform Consulting – Migrating to the Cloud

Visible moves to adopt Cloud by the largest IT buyer in the world will create a domino effect

One of the biggest individual business opportunities ever defined happened just last week.

Vivek Kundra, Whitehouse CIO, decreed that US Government agencies have a very aggressive window in which to identify and migrate three of their legacy systems to the Cloud.

This will act as rocket fuel accelerant for an industry already shooting for the stars.

Visible moves to adopt Cloud by the largest IT buyer in the world will create a domino effect that leads to a full on gold rush. Smart government pioneers will be the first to achieve successful projects and these use case studies will inspire others to do the same.

Open Government Switchover
On its own this move would still be a large opportunity but wouldn’t necessarily set the world on fire. As the article suggests the initial response is a focus on projects that are relatively practical but uninspiring, like migrating email to Cloud services from Google.

What will is where it overlaps with other key initiatives and how they compound one another’s goals and benefits.

For example in the UK’s Digital Britain innovation policy they described a program of “Digital Switchover”, referring to government agencies being obliged to ‘go digital’ in the same way analogue TV was decommissioned and replaced by Digital TV.

In this case they refer to government services, like tax returns, Student Loans, Companies House Registration, electoral roll registrations and so forth, and how they will be migrated to be serviced online only.

Providing online access to e-government systems is still a fundamental technical requirement of many government agencies all over the world, and by achieving this through a migration to Cloud then agencies are starting to tick multiple Business Value boxes for their investment.

Similarly in Canada they recently proclaimed an ‘Open Government‘ initiative to mirror that of the USA, and if online access to systems further includes this transparency and citizen participation then the business case for a Cloud migration is becoming extremely compelling.

This is important for the Cloud industry. Like any new technology trend there is an over-emphasis on the technology itself in the early days, and it’s not until it matures into a business solution focused on providing a new, quantifiable value does it find substance and traction.

Virtual Enterprise Agility
In response to this opportunity Cloud Ventures will be launching a new consulting firm, offering a ‘Transform Consulting’ practices for exactly this purpose – Open Government Switchover.

The consulting methodology for this reflects these different levels of transformation scope. As I lay out in this blog ‘Transformation through Integrated Business Architecture‘, a Cloud-centric business transformation features modernization across three distinct levels of activity:

  1. (T) – Migration to highly scalable Cloud platform. Reduce all that excess hardware capacity to only what’s needed.
  2. (A) – Integration with Internet-wide Identity systems. Create a consolidated software base for shared services, like Identity sign-on and linking customer records across systems.
  3. (B) – Streamlined service access through i-Government. This will provide the foundation for better online interactivity, where users can have simplified, single views of all their government claims.

To further accelerate the success of this organization we will also utilize and specialize in cutting edge Virtual Enterprise organization methods.

As a first simple step we’ll be building the team in our Linkedin sub-group, @ http://Transform-Consulting.org

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