Study Examines Government Cloud Adoption and Shadow IT

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By far, the top category of cloud usage in the public sector is collaboration. The average organization uses 120 distinct collaboration services (e.g., Microsoft Office 365, Gmail, etc.), followed by 55 software development services (e.g., SourceForge, GitHub, etc), 31 file shar­ing services (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), and 39 content sharing services (e.g., YouTube, LiveLeak, etc.).

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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