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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Government

Josh Finke, Iron Bow Technologies

February 23, 2018  |  Cloud


We live in a time when innovation is moving at breakneck speed. The hot new product of today could become obsolete in just weeks, relegated to the proverbial leftover bin of technology. But every once in a while a breakthrough is significant enough to not only take hold, but also to change the way we live.

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell forever changed the nature of communications when he used a liquid transmitter to make the first phone call to an electromagnetic receiver held by his assistant, Thomas Watson.

In 1974, the Altair 8800 was launched, becoming what many consider the first personal computer.

And though the Internet had been around for decades, primarily for government use, in 1989 English scientist Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web and, fewer than two years later, brought that technology to the public.

Since the launch of the world wide web we’ve seen excitement swirl around tons of new technologies, changing the way we live, work and communicate. One of the latest stand outs is cloud computing. For more than a decade, the private sector has leveraged the cloud as a way to reduce costs, increase efficiency and deliver services at a speed that was previously unheard of.

Though the federal government was not an early adopter of cloud computing, the last few years agencies have begun to embrace this digital transformation. More and more, agency heads are tilting budgets toward advanced IT, and the cloud is at the center of that strategy.

A recent Gartner survey showed that government CIOs plan to increase spending on cloud computing in 2018. And nearly 20 percent of CIOs said cloud computing was their biggest priority, topping cyber security, data centers and mobile applications, among other tech categories.

Case studies abound showing how the cloud has slashed costs for federal agencies and made services to the public more efficient and consistent. Still, some corners of the federal government have been reluctant to make the move because of everything from security concerns to a lack of expertise needed to keep the systems running.

We can work with you to determine the IT services delivery model that suits your organization best. Whether you’re moving a majority of your operations to the cloud, migrating one application at a time or preparing for future cloud deployment, we have the technical and domain expertise to help you do it right, and do it securely.

 While a lot of providers offer cloud services, few are authorized and or specialize in federal solutions the way we do. Our Hosted Collaboration Solution for Government (HCS-G), powered by Cisco, provides cloud-based unified communication and collaboration applications within a highly secure, virtualized platform under a centralized management system.

 This approach meets federal cloud mandates, reduces costs and easily connects end users on any device, resulting in reduced IT complexity for agencies. HCS-G is easily scaled and provides a secure answer to accelerated adoption of cloud services. Cisco HCS-G is also FedRAMP authorized.

 Are you ready to make the leap to cloud computing?

 For more information about our cloud computing services and solutions, check out the new Iron Bow website.


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