An online survey of 401 federal, state and local information technology employees who rated themselves at least somewhat familiar with their organizations' cloud computing strategy shows a moderately paced transition to cloud services.
About half of the respondents to the survey, conducted by IDC Government Insights and released Aug. 6 in a report, are federal employees at a civilian or defense agency.
In response to a question about services already deployed to the cloud that excluded email as an option, only a minority could say they'd deployed or even plan to deploy within the next 12 months one of five cloud-friendly applications given as survey options. The service to garner the greatest response was collaboration solutions, for which 17 percent of respondents say they've made a cloud deployment.
For all five applications, a majority of respondents answered that they either have no plans to deploy them into the cloud within the next year or simply that they don't know.
IDC analyst Shawn McCarthy says in report analysis that survey results generally show the federal government as the relatively more aggressive pursuer of cloud services when compared to state and local governments.
- go to an IDC press release about the study