Elon Musk Provides Context on Make vs Buy in the Federal Ecosystem

ctovision | March 04, 2020

Every large enterprise faces decisions on whether to code something using internal talent, code something using contractors, or buy a commercial product. For complex and sometimes hard to understand or explain reasons, the government has always had a hard time optimizing on these decisions. As we have been writing on extensively over the last several years, the federal government has a long history and a large compilation of lessons learned in this type of make vs buy decision.

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Storing and accessing data and applications via the cloud provides state and local governments with an opportunity to dramatically increase productivity. As such, cloud adoption is increasing rapidly. While cloud-based computing, storage and applications are more common than they were just a few years ago, obstacles remain. In April 2017, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) surveyed 104 state and local government IT decision-makers to gauge public sector cloud adoption. This report highlights the benefits, challenges and perceptions of the cloud among public sector leaders.

Spotlight

Storing and accessing data and applications via the cloud provides state and local governments with an opportunity to dramatically increase productivity. As such, cloud adoption is increasing rapidly. While cloud-based computing, storage and applications are more common than they were just a few years ago, obstacles remain. In April 2017, the Center for Digital Government (CDG) surveyed 104 state and local government IT decision-makers to gauge public sector cloud adoption. This report highlights the benefits, challenges and perceptions of the cloud among public sector leaders.

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