As we approach one year since the kick-off of the Cloud Migration Service as part of the Cloud First Programme and look ahead to the Scottish Government’s Cloud Service Framework refresh in 2023, it is an ideal time to reflect on cloud migration in the Scottish public sector. With more experience in transition to cloud services than ever before, public sector organisations have learnt lessons to share and are well placed to take next steps toward greater cloud optimisation.
Holyrood Connect’s 4th annual Public Sector Cloud event returned in person in 2022, having been virtual for the past two years. This year, the event marked the beginning of Holyrood Connect’s 2nd annual Connect Week – a series of online, in-depth webinars that explored some of the key topics in Scotland’s tech sector. As always, Public Sector Cloud allowed delegates to engage with thought leaders and experts about the progression of cloud migration across the public and third sectors now that we are two years since Covid-induced cloud enthusiasm.
Delegates heard from public sector thought leaders and industry experts on a range of topics around the ongoing migration process, lessons learned thus far, and aspects needing attention to continue a successful cloud journey. Sessions of a variety of formats, including panel discussions, case studies, and lightning talks, delved into elements such as:
- Common challenges within the migration process and the innovative solutions implemented to overcome them.
- The broader shift, including increased skills development and business culture, that needs to occur in organisations when successful cloud migration is the goal.
- Lessons learned along the path towards cloud maturity from local case studies across Scotland.
Sessions at Public Sector Cloud 2022 allowed a broad range of delegates to engage with these topics as we recognised that moving an organisation to cloud services is more than IT transformation—it is a business-wide transformation.