Understanding tech and the business of Government is essential
“Public Sector organizations need the flexibility to scale and pivot quickly in order to be able to respond to shifting priorities resulting from policy, legislative, program, and other changes”, says Laura, speaking of her experience supporting Workload Migration and Application Modernization initiatives in a number of Federal Government departments.
The need to address decade's old systems and infrastructure, and the need for more secure and cost-efficient operating environments are central business drivers of the Government of Canada Digital Operations Strategic Plan, with a focus on keeping government responsive and resilient in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of Canadians and Canadian businesses. A key component of this is a drive to provide digital-first user-centric services and programs through modernized IT infrastructure and applications, and secure cloud-based solutions.
The Government of Canada established the ‘cloud-first adoption strategy' in 2018 which encourages departments and agencies to select cloud as the preferred option as they tackle their applications, systems, and infrastructure renewal. Some departments have begun their cloud journey, most are just beginning. As you start to embrace your cloud journey, there are some key factors that will be important to ensure your success.
Be clear about the value proposition for the business. “Understanding the business of government is vital and technology is important for the future of government operations,” observes Laura, who has led and advised various Federal departments on their cloud journey.
Laura explains: “We consider the business case—why it is important to go the cloud and what benefits can the organization realize by doing so?” A compelling business case focuses the organization on common objectives and provides the backdrop to measure your accomplishments throughout your journey. The business case will also help your organization to understand how your application modernization and migration initiative aligns with your strategic objectives.
BDO has expertise across many public sector organizations. We are helping several federal departments with their digital strategies, application modernization, and cloud migration initiatives. We understand the government's digital transformation agenda. And we appreciate the policy and legislative frameworks you must work within.
Scoping for success
Public servants face many pressures and competing priorities, so it is important that your cloud journey is manageable and affordable, while sustaining progress and demonstrating value along the way.
“When you look at your portfolio of applications holistically to build your business case, you can identify quick wins and conduct a cost-value analysis for each application to ensure the right strategies are selected.”
“We can apply the same framework, the same principles of migration—aligning critical business priorities to digital-modernization initiatives—for any number of apps, any number of services or platforms,” explains Pavel Samchenko, a Manager in BDO's Technology Advisory Practice and a senior cloud architect.
“Our framework is always tailored for each client,” Iryna agrees. “We're agile and client-centric.” “We work with our clients to design the best migration program to suit their environment, priorities, and constraints,” Laura adds. “A program approach and agile execution process tends to work best as this allows for right-sized projects, flexibility, and nimbleness”.
Pragmatic cloud migration at scale: an end-to-end framework
Whether enterprise-wide or for a single line of business, what's common to every engagement is the end-to-end process:
- Envisioning your app migration and modernization (determining your cloud-migration strategy)
- Establishing your compelling business case with clearly defined outcomes
- Right-size planning to suit your organizational and financial capacity
- Agile or Iterative execution (delivering on your strategy) with active stakeholder engagement
- Regular reporting on results and benefits realization