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Eric Thibodeaux

Vice President, Consulting Delivery, U.S. Industry Solutions

In the ever-evolving realm of technology solutions for the public sector, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud solutions have emerged as a transformative tool, offering efficient and secure Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) options. This blog delves into the transformative power of SaaS in government by shedding light on how it mitigates risks and reduces costs, exploring essential attributes in a SaaS partner, and examining how organizations can leverage this approach for enhanced efficiency and security, making it a compelling choice for forward-thinking organizations.

Understanding the landscape of SaaS in the public sector

Mitigating risk and fortifying security

A fundamental advantage of adopting a SaaS model is the substantial reduction in risk for government organizations. Adopting SaaS ensures a robust security infrastructure in an era of prevalent cyber threats and data breaches. This is particularly crucial for state and local governments, given the sensitive nature of the data they handle. There has been a substantial increase in attacks like ransomware, adding more pressure to implement sufficient mitigating controls. Leading SaaS providers are crucial in strengthening digital defenses and protecting against security risks.

Regular updates and streamlined operations

The SaaS approach ensures organizations receive regular software updates, keeping them aligned with regulatory changes and introducing new functionality that organizations can enable and benefit from. This model also encompasses full infrastructure management, addressing concerns related to aging hardware and minimizing the need for extensive in-house IT support. By streamlining operations and ensuring regular updates, SaaS enables government agencies to focus on their mission without the burden of managing these aspects internally.

Disaster recovery and service continuity

Another critical aspect of SaaS adoption is the inclusion of robust disaster recovery services. While different providers offer varying solutions, the overarching goal remains the same—to ensure the continuity of operations even in the face of unforeseen events. This aspect is not confined to a specific provider but is a core component of the SaaS model that government organizations can leverage for improved resilience.

Predictable spending and streamlined operations

Many government entities cite staffing challenges, aging hardware, and the need for predictable spending as reasons for moving to the cloud. SaaS addresses these concerns by offering a fixed annual subscription that includes hosting, application services, updates, and support. This predictable year-over-year spending model allows agencies to allocate resources more efficiently and focus on critical business initiatives.

Cloud partners plotting the course

Choosing the right SaaS model goes beyond security gains; it involves embracing the strength of the partnership model. In my experience as a SaaS partner in the public sector, I've seen firsthand how agencies can benefit from this type of structure. The key is to understand what to look for in a partner: 

  • Data security priority – ensuring a commitment to robust measures for safeguarding sensitive information
  • Industry insight – demonstrating an understanding of the unique requirements and challenges faced by government entities
  • Continuous support and updates – a commitment to providing regular software updates and ongoing support services
  • Comprehensive disaster recovery – offering effective disaster recovery services to minimize the impact of unexpected events
  • Transparent service agreements – clearly defining and adhering to service level agreements, fostering transparency and accountability

By prioritizing these attributes in SaaS partnerships, government entities can establish successful collaborations that go beyond technology adoption, creating a foundation for sustained mission achievement. 

Prioritizing partnership and resilience

Transitioning to the cloud involves technology adoption and strategic partnerships. CGI's cloud architects seamlessly integrate technical potential into realized results, emphasizing shared visions and collective commitment. For organizations aspiring to a future-ready journey, CGI offers the expertise and commitment required for successful cloud navigation.

Embark on your future-ready journey into the cloud with CGI's guidance. Contact me today to initiate the process of charting your course toward cloud success, or visit our CGI Advantage ERP page to learn more.

About this author

Eric Thibodeaux professional photo

Eric Thibodeaux

Vice President, Consulting Delivery, U.S. Industry Solutions

Eric brings 25 years of experience in IT consulting within the public sector. Since joining CGI in 1999 his wide range of experience includes project and team management, design, development, implementation, managed services, and client support of large financial accounting and operational information systems. ...