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Overcoming Cloud/Azure Adoption Obstacles for Federal, Condition, and native Government Organizations

Greetings and happy Thanksgiving from us at AvePoint! We lately conducted a web seminar about  what barriers are keeping some government departments from following a cloud and just how individuals obstacles could be overcome. Read the transcript of Jay Leask, CollabTalk’s Christian Buckley and John Levenson from Microsoft because they discuss everything government, cloud, and security within this excerpt from the recent web seminar.

Jay Leask: Good mid-day, and thanks for visiting this afternoon’s web seminar presented by AvePoint Public Sector. I’m Jay Leask, and you’re here, hopefully, to listen to the: How Federal, Condition, and native Government Departments Can Overcome Barriers to Microsoft Cloud Adoption web seminar. When I pointed out, i’m Jay Leask. I’m a solutions architect at AvePoint Public Sector. Just before working here, I had been an advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton, supplying project management software, technical analysis, business analysis, and solutions advice to customers around the us government.

I’d like to take the time introducing my cohosts, Christian Buckley and John Levenson. Christian, do you want to introduce yourself?

Christian Buckley:    Yeah, hey. Many thanks, Jay. Yeah, this really is Christian Buckley. I’m the founder and Chief executive officer of CollabTalk, and I’m a seven-time Microsoft MVP. So, pleased to be around.

Jay: And John.

John Levenson: Hello, I’m John Levenson. I’m an item marketing manager at Microsoft, particularly centered on Office 365 for all of us Government at condition, local, tribal, federal, and civilian, federal defense, in addition to defense industry in aerospace. So, really, anybody supporting the general public sector and looking to create existence better for citizens from the U . s . States. Just before joining the merchandise marketing team here Redmond, I had been a technical account manager in Minneapolis dealing with large enterprise organizations, in addition to states, adopting cloud technologies. So, been in this team for around two and half years, Used to do that for six years, so returning to the first 2000s when cloud was still being quite fresh. And it is a real pleasure to become here today.

Jay: John, you had been lately here in Electricity in the Microsoft gov forum, is the fact that correct?

John: Yeah, that’s right. Which was, In my opinion, October 17th within the Taxation Building in Electricity, so we had lots of great conversations. I was became a member of by a few different government departments, speaking concerning the really awesome work that’s being carried out in IT and, type of, broader digital transformation across agencies. We been told by the CIO from the Small Company Admiration, folks in the Virginia Department of Health insurance and Human Services, and extremely had a lot of fun connecting with government employs, folks employed in IT, after which also partners along with other folks from Microsoft. I really like Electricity. I are actually located in San antonio, but Electricity seems like my vacation home. I’m available often.

Jay: And Christian, you have been traveling a great deal, too. You need to inform us about Nigeria?

Christian: Yeah. So, well, it’s a rustic that’s in the southernmost tip from the continent. [Laughs] It had been an enjoyable experience. I spent almost three days on the highway using the AvePoint team. We did multiple occasions there, the SharePoint Saturday occasions that required devote Durban, the next weekend in Gauteng, and so the third weekend in Cape Town.

Among, partnering with AvePoint and a few your partners in-country, so Karabina and Mint could go and perform a quantity of other miniature occasions during each one of the days, and speaking with customers and partners and organizations across the nation. But additionally got the opportunity to visit a Microsoft headquarters in Gauteng and talk with a few of the leadership team there, and discuss the two data centers that are…the Microsoft data centers coming online the coming year.

So, it’s thrilling to determine what’s happening, as well as for individuals that aren’t conscious of that, the truth that Microsoft is ongoing to grow their datacenter footprint around Office 365 and Azure Support, and searching at, like, Australia, when that datacenter came online there, just how much it altered that which was possible using the companies lower there, we’re likely to see the standard growth, certainly within Nigeria, but over the entire African continent. So, thrilling to visit lower and take part in that.

Collaboration Trends within the Public Sector

Jay: Yeah, i was excited to possess you. And, John, very excited to possess you today, too. I opened up our agenda slide. I’m just going to speak about it very briefly. This will be our goal for the following 50 approximately minutes. We’d like to speak about some collaboration trends you’ve seen in public places Sector enter into the meat of a few of the roadblocks that you might see in…or might have in moving for the Microsoft Cloud stack, both infrastructure and software like a service certifications and compliance speaking a bit about budget and, finally, speaking about a few of the challenges you might face in really applying and moving towards the cloud.

Prior to getting into individuals specific groups, what I wish to do is placed the table a bit. Less than 11 percent of organizations, Fortune 500 companies, in the 1950s remain still. That’s 60, almost 70 years in which a majority of companies who’d large, almost empires, in ways, have experienced a hard time following change and checking up on what’s happening with business with populations.

Jack Welch, GM’s Chief executive officer stated, “If the speed of change around the outdoors exceeds the speed of change inside, then your finish is near,” and that’s a large statement. And That I realize that many occasions the thing is something similar to this and also you think, “Okay, well, that’s commercial, and I’m federal,” or, “state and native government,” or, “I’m tribal government,” still it affects things i think you’re supplying for your constituents. If you’re not able to maintain change, how good are you able to accomplish your mission?

A good example of simply because staple here, I return to a standard feature of my teenage life approximately. Every Friday night, my loved ones would meet up, we’d choose a restaurant, we’d grab dinner, after which we’d get three movies: one in my mother, one in my father, and something for the children. And we’d visit Blockbuster.

We’d acquire some chocolate, we’d choose a movie, we’d go back home. And 2, 72 hours later, we’d realize i was late on coming back it, possess a fee. However the point there’s each and every week…and I knew…I had buddies that labored there, I understood other families that did exactly the same factor. In 1999, Blockbuster went IPO, these were worth $4.8 billion. In 2004, they’d 9,000 stores 60,000 employees.

As well as in 2007, their Chief executive officer designed a redirected investment using their online possibilities to opening new stores. He thought that people would continue to visit the shop to pickup their movie, and they’d choose the knowledge that included that. Clearly, searching back, you’ve seen a general change in that. This Year, Blockbuster declared personal bankruptcy, by 2013, Blockbuster, apart from the Twitter account that’s still lies around and makes comments regarding their parking area, Blockbuster isn’t any more. As well as in 2011, the rest of the stores were purchased by Dish Network. And just what you’ve seen for your specific market is a switch in the standard, the established order, to some constant innovation. And That I state that because we have seen a shift that occurs constantly.

This can be a world where devices… Oh, did I actually do that? Sorry. There is a ghost within the machine. So, what we should see is really a world where devices outnumber people. Where we’re consuming data faster than in the past. Where technologies are disrupting from the way we purchase cars and just how we watch movies online, frankly, to the way we commute to the offices. Which change, it’s something we have to create in to the workplace, whether it’s an industrial workplace, or perhaps a government workplace, it’s a big change which will affect the way we can meet our mission. A part of that’s a mindset from the worker, and a part of that’s, frankly, a mindset from the consumer in our mission. Sorry, becoming accustomed to the interface a bit there.

I’ve heard it numerous occasions, we’re shifting from the commodity IT to some mission IT. We’ve so that you can concentrate on the mission. We can’t have technology that concentrates on simply creating a brand new bit of tech, we really have to speak to the company, we must define the needs, etc. And it is another world.

I needed to create that before you to supply a background for which In my opinion, and just what I believe AvePoint has a tendency to follow, is the fact that realization we have to approach things differently than we’ve before. And i believe the cloud is…the abilities which are coming using the cloud, whether it’s infrastructure like a service or even the rate of alternation in which we’re seeing technology with software like a service, I believe it’s a game title changer. John, Christian, I’ve been speaking for a while, less smooth when i had wished for, what are the ideas on that…around what we’re seeing?

John: You realize, I believe you’re right. And That I particularly such as this quote, and that i did question for permission to talk about. This originated from the CTO of HUD or Housing and Development. And i believe it’s really a terrific way to type of recognize what’s possible using the cloud, and also the shift that technologies are getting to the way in which we — and when i state ‘we’ I am talking about many of us in government departments — are approaching the job that people do, and also the services that people deliver, to citizens and also to constituents. For a lot of, a long time, It’s centered on ensuring the atmosphere can be obtained and stable, and that’s…when I labored with large enterprise organizations and states, which was really our key focus: it must be available and stable.

And just what has began to shift — and you’ve seen this within the enterprise space, we have seen it in public places sector — would be to really type of realign the mission from it very carefully using the mission from the agency, or, available space, the company. And it is such things as allowing us to, instead of concentrate on ensuring we’re procuring enough hardware, rather, will we possess the solutions that are required by our users? After which that begins to are available into line with such things as shadow IT, after which handling sensitive information appropriately: ensuring data isn’t just classified using records management, protected with loss of data prevention and legal rights management too, but additionally simple to collaborate with. We have to know in which the information is how are people working? And also the cloud really enables that.

And, as we’ll discuss — and i believe you actually type of nailed this within the intro — I’ve experienced many occasions where I speak with folks plus they say, “Cool, the cloud sounds great. So, shall we be there yet?” [Laughs] And it is a bit more of the involved process, and we’ll discuss that a little more around whenever we consider, what data shall we be holding? How can we consider moving it to the cloud? How can we do that for, whether, it’s many users or thousands of users. and whether it’s a phased approach in line with the individuals, or even the data being carried out, or even the projects, and how can we manage this inside a seamless experience for the users to ensure that there isn’t any disruption towards the user community? However, also, driving a number of that alternation in the organization’s work style so that we’re in a position to take advantage of what’s possible using the cloud.

So, I just…Jay, I believe you totally nailed it with, really, the trends that we’re seeing, and also you coupled by using talent management and ensuring we’re managing costs appropriately because, I believe, out of the box most likely relevant for people, do more with less appears to become not specific to public sector but especially relevant whenever we consider our budgets and what’s being requested people.

Jay: Christian, almost anything to add or correct as to the we’ve shared to date?

Christian: Well, just, apologies. I believe a few of the people are getting some problems with slides  and that i only agreed to be attempting to solve the issue on my small finish, too. However I think so far as where situations are going — and, there, I simply pressed the trends which are available — couple stuff that my organization helps with.

So, CollabTalk does some independent research, and at the outset of this season we’d Microsoft like a lead sponsor, and AvePoint was among the sponsors of the study that people did, for instance, at searching at hybrid SharePoint. And what’s interesting in moving in and searching at this study, gets data on a few of the bigger trends, and definitely movement for the cloud. I believe there’s lots of relevant data that left that.

Not too I believe that people were surprised at any one of that information, however i think what…rather than simply companies heading out and jumping into new technology, organizations are searching at and assessing the pieces they have available, really attempting to understand, what’s the capacity that’s missing here? What will get us the functionality, certainly, that people need, but additionally make certain that people are…ongoing, we’re compliant, we’re secure? Kind famous individuals other activities. It’s much more than I have seen within the almost twenty years that I’ve experienced the collaboration, understanding management sector, where organizations are actually attempting to understand the various.

So, basically we communicate a lot concerning the digital transformation and movement for the cloud, these aren’t just these empty platitudes which are there’ believe that it’s generally, organizations are now being very thoughtful and careful about searching and understanding: What exactly is it? How can these pieces work?

How do i leverage what I’ve already built, what we’ve already compensated for that’s in position? So that as we’re expanding our footprint and our abilities, shall we be doing the work correctly? I am talking about, shall we be walking into unnecessary risks, and how can we mitigate the potential risks which are available to provide our finish users the abilities they need? So, it’s just…it is a very refreshing, during the last, especially, 2 yrs, to determine this sort of thoughtful review as organizations are beginning to think about moving their production environments to the cloud.

Collaboration and Security

Jay: And, Christian, you simply pointed out something which always, type of, not just resonates beside me, but I love to tease people about a bit, in which you pointed out that you have been employed in the collaboration space like a thought leader, advi… — well, my words, type of, pressed onto you there — like a thought leader with deep experience of collaboration. I did previously tease my colleagues that collaboration and security were frequently opponents. Have you ever began to determine a shift once we consider the cloud, where we’re in a position to collaborate more safely than in the past, and begin to allow scenarios where it isn’t either? Is the fact that a pattern that you’re seeing, type of, overall?

Christian: Certainly. And, actually, so, AvePoint and Microsoft Public Sector would be the two cosponsors of the research study that’s presently going ahead. So, There is a group of graduated pupils in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Youthful College within Utah, that is where I’m based, which are carrying this out study and searching only at that at this time, at type of the talk-blocking factors — I am talking about, it’s essentially the title of the web seminar — the blocking factors for federal, condition, and native organizations getting into the cloud. And just what you simply pointed out, the concerns that, to obtain the abilities that individuals want, that they need to quit several things, introduce some risks around collaboration, I do not think it is true.

And that’s where… I believe that those… Typically, it’s been true, and,certainly, should you go take a look at a number of individuals trends which are available, in which the traditional IT release cycle is really as slow, is troublesome, and thus finish users, certainly out available world, will get out there and pay with their own individual charge card for many online service that appears to provide them exactly what they need, however they’ve take their data out into this untrusted cloud system.

And it will be very innocuous at first glance, but six several weeks later, you’re leveraging this cloud service, whether it’s something similar to Box, or Dropbox, or anything else it is not compliant, maybe doesn’t satisfy the standards of this organization of this entity, your organization, and also you leave the organization. Well, now, you’ve put all that in danger, that data’s not acceptable, it’s…I can’t audit it, I can’t secure it, I can’t keep it in check, get it done anything with. And thus, individuals types of scenarios increase the complexity. That trend towards these cloud-based, consumer-based collaboration solutions.

And thus, Microsoft does a fantastic job of claiming, “Hey, look, we’ve this capacity, this like capacity of a few of these leading services.” As well as in many groups, Microsoft may be the leader in individuals collaboration technologies. But Microsoft continues to be great about going as well as in and today saying, “Hey, we’re carrying this out, however in a managed way,” simply because they realize that, certainly, the enterprise story is the fact that it needs to be managed, it needs to be governed, that by telling finish users, no, you cannot make a move, that decreases the quantity of collaboration, that decreases the quantity of innovation, that affects finish user adoption of this platform.

But, by providing these abilities, after which having the ability to support it, and Microsoft supplying this guidance and saying, “But, look, we’re doing the work inside a secure, managed way. We’re meeting these standards during these industries. We’re meeting these certifications, and also you inform your finish users, yes, this can be done, so we may then demonstrate that it’s secure within the backend.” So, it’s an infinitely more controlled, managed, well-governed method of helping your finish users combine collaboration that’s happening within the org.

Jay: Ah, that’s awesome. And there is a core element of that that I’ve personally type of battled with throughout my, I suppose, type of, existence, is the fact that it’s easy to secure information very strongly to hinder collaboration, however in addition, there’s the facet of, in the past, it’s needed deliberate action through the user: “I will need to go set an insurance policy,” or, “I have to place it somewhere, alter the permissions, and make certain that it is not broadly accessible throughout my opportunity,” or perhaps the public. And thus, what we’ve began to determine throughout Office 365, Azure, EMS, Dynamics, the whole Microsoft Suite, is the fact that we’re building during these security abilities, these details protection functionality, but additionally trying to get it done in a manner that is intuitive towards the user.

Such things as Azure Information Protection can instantly classify information using machine learning according to what’s make the content. The consumer doesn’t need to do anything aside from, maybe, say, within the email that they’re delivering, or perhaps in the document that they’re writing, type in a charge card number, include a Ssn, or write ‘secret’, ‘confidential’, ‘classified’, ‘controlled’ whatever it might be.

In line with the policies set because of it, you are able to instantly classify that, and in line with the classification applied, also based on our policy, set a particular retention policy. Or using loss of data prevention policies in email say, if the email includes a Ssn inside it, instantly apply legal rights permissions that does not allow this to become opened up by someone outdoors in our organization.

Which kind of factor takes the onus from the user, it’s seamless and transparent for them, but protects the information within the appropriate way as based on your security guard, central IT, or perhaps industry rules appearing out of, say, DHS. So, there’s some pretty awesome things within the ways in which we consider security through the Suite to be built-in instead of screwed on.

John: Yeah, that trend in automation…

Christian: That’s like discussing, too, is the fact that the…you know, sorry, it’s as with discussing something, where it’s, rather of just restricting, saying, “No, you can’t share this file,” rather it enables it however warns you, it prompts you, like, “You are actually discussing this outdoors of the organization.” And you will go, “Oh, whoa, I did not understand that, this individual is not inside the space where we’re getting this conversation, or where we’ve this secure content.” So, that sort of positive governance, too as…that’s only one illustration of how this storyline is improving.

Jay: Yeah, that trend in automation that you’re speaking about is, and we’re seeing it everywhere, in the enterprise back lower towards the consumer. The popularity in attempting to enhance the enterprise tools to complement what individuals are getting when they’re home, that’s a different one where we’re visiting a big improvement, and i believe Microsoft is leading the means by ensuring exactly what the enterprise user has meets or exceeds the things they can aware of their loved ones as well as their buddies.

Furthermore, I believe everyone have brought pretty clearly as to the we’re seeing in Microsoft ‘office’ 365. During the ‘90s and early 2000s, we’d Hotmail. Eventually, that brought its distance to Outlook Mail, and today we’re seeing an event from that which you dress in the desktop with Outlook in the office matching the expertise of a specific item in in your own home, and so forth. The various tools with Skype and Skype for Business, and potential Teams, again, we’re simply because same trend of giving me things i have both in of my worlds, both at home and in the industry which makes it simple to use which makes it simple to be enforced. It’s huge. It’s a large improvement.

Make sure to visit AvePoint Public Sector to understand more about how Federal, Condition, and native governments can overcome adoption barriers to leverage Office 365 and also the Azure Cloud  to optimize their collaboration.