Across the globe, public sector agencies are rapidly switching from On-Prem solutions to cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure to reap its excellent benefits. Be it healthcare, education, or government organizations, the public sector uses cloud computing solutions to be more efficient, save costs, and improve their service delivery.
While implementing Microsoft Azure definitely brings about myriads of advantages, there are also considerable challenges that public sector enterprises go through. Since the public sector contains sensitive public data, there are more significant risks of data breaches.
Here are some of the main benefits and challenges that come along with implementation of Microsoft Azure for the public sector:
Benefits of Implementing Microsoft Azure:
1. Seamless Collaboration between services
Microsoft Azure is a flexible platform that allows different services to synergize seamlessly together.
Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service that supports a wide range of data connectors when you create a data source.
Similarly, Microsoft Power Automate is another Azure technology that allows you to automate time-consuming, repetitive tasks such as notification sorting, sending mass emails, alerting, data collection, pinging, and so on.
Let’s say you want to conduct a feedback survey by sending an email to a large amount of audience containing questions. For this, you create a Microsoft SharePoint List. Through Power Automate, you can automate a workflow that will automatically send mass emails to this audience containing response buttons.
As recipients click these buttons, new records will be recorded in a separate Microsoft SharePoint list. To get invaluable insights from the survey, you can use Microsoft Power BI to derive and analyze the survey results. This is an excellent example of how 3 Microsoft platforms viz. Power BI, SharePoint, and Power Automate can synergize seamlessly to simplify your workflows and improve employee productivity.
Another great thing is that most of these tools come with ready-to-use templates, and it also recommends apps that can be linked for various purposes.
2. No worries about Hardware
Organizations are bound to pay high expenses in order to maintain and upgrade virtual and hardware infrastructure to prevent downtime and failures. Such maintenance is not only expensive but also quite time-consuming and tedious. Further, if any problem arises, organizations need to get in touch with manufacturer support for troubleshooting.
As organizations scale with time, their virtual infrastructure also requires modifications and meticulous configurations to adapt to the growing needs. Since Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service, you don’t have to worry about virtual or hardware issues whatsoever.
3. Enhanced Stability
Microsoft Azure allows you to increase infrastructure resources as per your organization’s growing requirements. This is possible even without causing any downtime. It regularly updates a solution’s resources as per the peak times and growing demands.
Furthermore, Microsoft regularly backs up Azure data with their top-notch practice standards. So, if a solution requires going to its previous state, you can easily restore it on-demand.
Besides, Azure offers excellent stability and uptime. This is assured by their claim to offer 10% service credit if uptime is less than 99.9% and 25% service credit if it is less than 99%. Such robust SLA (Service Level Agreement) alone proves their confidence to provide you with the best service.
4 . Robust Security
Security is one of the core components that directly affect the performance and efficiency of organizations. Often, security tasks related to software and On-Prem hardware are time-consuming. Besides, every organization does not have an expert security team to monitor systems and tackle security issues. Enterprises that do have a security team might only do the job of scanning the solutions and servers for any vulnerability. For security measures, they might heavily depend upon server or solution providers.
But Microsoft Azure has a dedicated team of experts whose sole job is to ensure robust security of data centers, services, and hardware using top-tier security measures.
Such robust security is highly beneficial for public sector agencies, as they store sensitive public data and services in the cloud.