Study Examines Government Cloud Adoption and Shadow IT

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Cloud Adoption and Risk

The average U.S. federal agency takes 18 months to define and procure a new software solution, and 54 percent of employees say their agency is not able to acquire IT in a timely manner. This drives employees to find their own solution, producing "shadow IT." The average public sector organization now uses 742 cloud services, which is 10 to 20 times more than what is known by the IT department.

Federal, state and local governments are migrating to cloud services to take advantage of greater collaboration, agility and innovation at lower cost. However, despite clear benefits, 89 percent of IT professionals in government feel apprehension about migrating to the cloud.1 That being said, many public sector employees are less apprehensive and are adopting cloud services on their own, creating shadow IT. Under FITARA, U.S. federal CIOs have new obligations to not only oversee sanctioned cloud services procured by the agency, but also shadow IT, which has brought to light a great deal of uncertainty about how employees are using cloud services in government agencies.

To better understand these trends, Skyhigh Networks has published a "Cloud Adoption & Risk in Government Report." Findings were based on anonymized usage data for over 200,000 users in the public sector in the United States and Canada, rather than relying on surveys, which ask people to self-report their behavior.

1 Meritalk “The Fabric of Your Data: How to Manage Data in a Multi-Cloud, Multi-Vendor Environment”


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