Cloud computing has revolutionised the world of work and shifted the way organisations collaborate, stay secure and communicate. A wide range of companies, from start-ups to government bodies, are embracing the technology and with that, have transformed into digital organisations.

Start-ups are the leading light when it comes to adopting the latest trend, with most basing their core business model around cloud computing. In an ever-increasing competitive world, start-ups need to be agile to succeed, they need to be cost conscious, and they need to not only work harder but smarter. To do this, they make use of innovative tools such as video conferencing, secure file sharing and business intelligence tools to monitor customer trends. With so much pressure to succeed and grow, start-ups recognise the need to take a modern approach to business operations.

Public Sector organisations can stand to learn a great deal from start-ups in how they structure their business operations and use technology to its full potential to allow for agility, mobility and efficiency. With latent technology holding them back, there is a real need for Public Sector organisations to embrace digital change.

So, what can we learn from start-ups? There are many compelling reasons to adopt a cloud-first strategy. In this article, we highlight three best practices we can take from cloud powered start-ups when looking to transform into a ‘cloud-first organisation’:

1. More secure and efficient data management

The need to securely store data is becoming more and more critical. As of May 25, 2018, the new European Union data protection law, the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), will set new standards globally for the privacy rights, security and compliance of all EU residents. The GDPR imposes many new obligations on organisations that collect, handle or analyse personal data. Any breach of this policy will result in severe penalties.

But how can you adequately protect data, which is accessed across numerous devices, stored in different locations and shared outside of your company?

Cloud services take strict measures to ensure data is secure and protected, and that management and monitoring of personal data is simplified.

Securing data is all about controlling its flow. Files can be encrypted & logins protected by multi-factor authentication. Restricting access rights will allow you to share information securely, preventing data leakage or misuse. These are some of the many ways cloud computing can improve Public Sector’s data governance and ensure adherence to GDPR regulations.

Cloud powered start-ups will have highly efficient data management in place, allowing them to securely share data outside of their company. Organisations who have not yet taken to cloud computing may discover they have gaps in their data governance and could be in breach of the GDPR.

2. Make better business decisions

Data is the driver of innovation. It can enable faster and more accurate decision-making, and help businesses quickly detect and act upon trends.

Through cloud-powered business intelligence solutions, the start-up can harness the data it gathers to gain valuable insight into critical periods of customer interaction. Cloud computing enables companies to combine data from multiple sources to build a greater picture and ultimately, bring the data to life.

As we mentioned previously, any organisation can harness the power of the cloud. Take for example a healthcare organisation. This organisation can harness the power of cloud business insights for the following:

  • Representing customer interaction with services through visual data which can aid in budget allocations.
  • Data can help detect peaks in demand & staffing needs to help resourcing and in turn, deliver better services and value for money.

3. Become more flexible in a secure and cost-effective way

The ability for an organisation to quickly scale cloud applications and services is not only important in terms of meeting usage demands, but can also result in significant cost savings. Traditional in-house IT infrastructure, which many Public Sector organisations currently have, limits them to only the resources available or having to purchase additional capacity. Scaling up can be costly, and if demand drops, organisations can find themselves maintaining unused and expensive resources.

The cloud powered start-up has the ability to respond quickly to shifting business conditions by scaling their resources up or down. There is also the added advantage of quickly launching new applications to meet changing customer trends, due to the fact that there is no need to buy and set up the infrastructure before developing and delivering apps.

From the above three reasons, while they don’t form a complete picture of how valuable a cloud first strategy can be for business, it is still evident to see how cloud computing has some significant advantages for organisations looking to become more agile, productive, cost-effective and innovative.

If there was one sector who would be a prime candidate for embracing digitalisation it would be the Public Sector; a sector under increasing pressure to do more with less resources. The Public Sector, traditionally low-tech, can stand to learn a great deal from cloud powered start-ups, especially when looking to becoming more cost effective, secure, compliant, scalable and ultimately, to do more with less.

Discover what reasons there are for the public sector to go cloud first in our white paper ‘What the public sector can learn from cloud powered start-ups – 6 compelling reasons for public sector organisations to go cloud first’.

Here you will learn best practices for Public Sector organisations wanting to embrace digital change through the utility of a cloud powered start-up approach, including the best solutions available to help such organisations in this era of digital transformation.