By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering


Here’s an interesting article from my colleague Sascha Giese with some U.K. public sector predictions for 2019. I always like articles like this and I believe that we have a pretty good track record with them.


As we delve further into the year, public sector organizations should ensure that they have the systems and support they need to round off FY19 successfully, as well as make sure that they are fully prepared for the new FY20.


1. Cloud Adoption Will Keep Rising


Public cloud adoption continues to increase. With 61% of central government departments and 30% of NHS trusts now adopting some public cloud solutions, these organizations may be in the midst of migrating applications into the technology stack, both in the cloud and on-premises. With this trend, tools that can help facilitate app migration and detangling should be a focus, to help bring simplicity back to ever more complicated environments.


2. DataOps is the Next Big Thing


“Data culture” will become increasingly implemented into technology environments, and public sector organizations will become more data-driven and data-first than they have been previously. This shift will also give rise to DataOps. Operations teams should start to adopt a data mindset to discern the type of data that exceeds their own department and can be polished into something that adds value to the organization overall—especially if this can be used to provide better services to citizens.


3. Security Should Be Taken Seriously


We’ll see the attack vectors facing public sector organizations continue to shift as government cybersecurity systems increasingly become always-on, extending the window of access for would-be attackers. To combat this, we’re already seeing public sector IT teams look into new techniques, such as DevSecOps, to try and outpace the hackers, alongside tried and true ones like penetration testing.


Helping make sure every employee is fully aware that they should not click on everything on the internet and is continuously trained on the best ways to reduce risk and prevent vulnerabilities will be invaluable when helping keep organizations secure, regardless of what the next threat might be.


4. Automation Will Become Second-nature


Despite its transformative potential, automation is still too often perceived as a significant threat to technology professionals’ careers. However, we expect that technology professionals will realize that contrary to widespread “automation anxiety,” they can actually automate themselves into a job rather than out of a job.


Cloud-based workloads see a greater number of IT teams become successful at using APIs, GUIs, and command-line interfaces to define not only networks, storage, and services, but also several other processes, such as managing container queues. At the same time, automation technology will deliver significant benefits to those who are focused on the systems side of the house, who must begin to think more in terms of command-line actions and transition to an automation and orchestration-led way of doing things.


As U.K. public sector organizations continue to work under increasing pressure, implementing a range of supporting technologies can assist in the day-to-day running of their departments. And as technology professionals start off another year, having some or all of the above technologies in place could help make this process much simpler, and set them up well for the future.


Find the full article on Open Access Government.


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