To reap the full benefits of a cloud-driven ecosystem, the government must have a data strategy.
FREMONT, CA: Today, government agencies must meet the foundational needs of a large and complex populace—housing, healthcare, administration, business services, and infrastructure development. And all this begins with a transformative government framework at all levels. As the government is one among the biggest data creator, it becomes critically important that the government has a strong IT backbone to undergo a smooth transformation in its form and offer the services on demand. The cloud as a platform for can remediate many of these things, while reducing costs, need for upfront capital and increased flexibility. But to reap the full benefits of a cloud-driven ecosystem, the government must have a data strategy. Read on to know more.
Computing and storage resources can rapidly expand or contract as required. But it is data that drives the cloud. Therefore, cloud migration needs an effective data strategy. With a data strategy, agencies can make sure that they have a plan for managing ownership and control of data. A sound data strategy also makes sure that data remains inviolate across emerging technology infrastructures. A robust data strategy provides not just greater control but enhanced flexibility in a rapidly changing technology landscape.
Development of a data strategy begins with defining the use cases. To set boundaries around data access and manipulation, it makes sense to consider the aims of the application. The data strategy must also consider the speed and scale that the cloud brings to data-driven applications. The strategy must account for emerging sources of information, not just data at rest but also continuous IoT feeds and data generated by various stakeholders across the network. Finally, agencies should collaborate with cloud providers whose philosophy and abilities align with their newly defined data strategies.
Migration to the cloud means migrating sensitive government data to a third-party infrastructure. Ideally, the government must own the cloud where the data resides. But the cost and effort needed for such an exercise can be complex. The risks can be easily mitigated by a service agreement that mandates the service provider to share control over the data. In the cloud computing method, the data must be organized based on the impact levels. As the sensitivity rises and the impact is deeper, the data must be pushed to more secured storage.