State and local government CIOs and private sector experts made the message easy to understand at ATARC’s Nov. 1 webinar on Building for Secure MultiCloud Environments within State and Local Agencies: get moving on it now.

Cloud computing exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic as state and local entities went virtual and focused on the delivery of digital services, but seven years ago when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts decided to shift to the cloud there was hesitancy, the state’s technology lead said.

To keep its roads clear, Florida is turning to technology. The state has contracted with Iteris, a smart mobility infrastructure management provider, to launch a $5 million multi-year initiative intended to improve traffic flow and safety, while also reducing carbon emissions.

State and local agencies are faced with a perfect storm that is driving them straight to the cloud. With the Federal government mandating IT modernization across the Federal landscape and the increased need for improved citizen services due to the ongoing pandemic, state and local governments are turning to cloud capabilities and exploring their migration options to keep pace. But not all clouds are created equal, and government entities face many barriers on their journey to the cloud. MeriTalk recently sat down with Jason Wicker, lead architect, government services, and Joe Nanus, senior state and local government and education sales lead, at Rackspace Technologies to discuss how to overcome those barriers by working with a cloud advisor broker to save costs, support technology teams, and accelerate the move to the cloud.


For many organizations, moving to the cloud can be such an intimidating effort that they don’t even know where to start. Federal, state, and local government cloud experts recommend that organizations stop worrying about where to start, and to “just do something” to move themselves along on their cloud journey.

With the increased adoption of cloud services by governments and organizations of all sizes, there’s a new kid on the block for the state and local government market that is looking for consistent approaches on cybersecurity standards from cloud providers that they want to do business with.

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