I had an interesting 1-on-1 with a vendor who was inquiring about the relevance and future of community clouds. He came across one jurisdiction that is in the process of developing a private (or rather community) cloud to serve itself as well as other local authorities. The question was whether this was an exception or may become a common situation.
Indeed there are shared service organizations and centralized IT departments at various level of government that are looking into turning into a community cloud. The motivations range from willingness to help to – more realistically – self-preservation for IT organizations and leaders who have achieved a level of excellence in infrastructure and operations and are reluctant to change their value proposition by leveraging utility offering.
My sense is that they won’t be able to remain in that business for long and, while such a role may be beneficial to help smaller agencies and local authorities move safely to more commodity offerings when they are mature, it is a fact that managing IT infrastructure is hardly the core mission of any government organizations.
It is certainly interesting to observe how confusing this market still is.