AWS Public Sector Blog

Category: Enterprise Strategy

5 best practices to create a cloud cost allocation strategy for government customers

Before building in the cloud, government agencies need to determine how they want to allocate cloud costs in accordance with their jurisdictions’ transparency requirements and legislative oversight. A cloud cost allocation strategy–deciding how to distribute cloud costs to the users or beneficiaries of those incurred costs in a pre-defined way—is a foundational part of any agency’s cloud journey. Even though every organization’s cost allocation model may be unique, there are some common patterns, approaches, and best practices that you can leverage to design an effective strategy to meet your organization’s needs.

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Bias for Agile action speeds digital transformation in the public sector

When I worked in the UK government, I led the Government Digital Transformation Service (GDS) Transformation Program, where we used an Agile approach to modernize a range of services, from social care benefits to prison visit booking. Now, I work with the AWS Institute executive education program to teach public sector leaders how to accelerate and expand their impact for citizens with digital transformation. In this blog post, I share my experience using the Agile approach to transform government services, and offer some best practices for organizations who want to adopt a bias for Agile action to deliver successful modernization faster and at scale.

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What you missed at the AWS Summit Brussels keynote

On March 31, the AWS Summit Brussels returned to the Egg in Brussels, Belgium, where Max Peterson, vice president of AWS worldwide public sector, and Isabella Groeger-Cechowicz, vice president of AWS worldwide public sector of EMEA sales, took the stage for the event’s keynote. They discussed how AWS is supporting customers with a dedication to data privacy and protection, sustainability, and social impact. Three customer speakers joined them onstage to share stories about how they use the cloud to drive impact for their missions. Read on for what you might have missed at the AWS Summit Brussels.

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Announcing new report on digital skills training for the changing workforce in Asia Pacific and Japan

To better understand the rapidly evolving workforce landscape and help our customers address barriers to digital skilling, AWS commissioned the strategy and economics consulting firm AlphaBeta to examine the skills needs of organizations across Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. In this blog post, we outline key insights from the report, “Building Digital Skills for the Changing Workforce,” and provide examples for how governments, employers, training providers, and the technology industry can come together to meet this challenge.

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Delivering better Medicaid services (and happier teams) with the AWS Cloud

In this blog post, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) chief information officer, Venu Gurram, describes his experience transforming their Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) from legacy on-premises infrastructure to a collection of services in the cloud. Learn how the DCH joined forces with another state entity, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), to use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to deliver the next generation of Medicaid technology: a Medicaid Enterprise System (MES).

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How to scale and optimize Moodle LMS on AWS

Moodle is an open-source learning management system (LMS). Moodle has more than 300 million users worldwide across both academic and enterprise organizations, and is the world’s most widely used learning platform. There are many ways to get started with Moodle on AWS. In this blog post, I focus on how to scale and optimize Moodle once you are already serving students. In this case, you may need to deal with migrating data from an existing platform and making sure the new environment caters to thousands of students, and still be cost-effective — we cover additional considerations in this walkthrough.

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Use Migration Evaluator in protected or regulated environments by anonymizing sensitive network data

The AWS Migration Evaluator can help organizations with VMware fleets by collecting detailed data on VM (virtual machine) usage and using that to prepare a business case for moving to the cloud and estimate the cost of migration. However, sensitive network data collected by the Migration Evaluator, such as system names and IP addresses, cannot leave highly secured and regulated organisations. In this blog post, learn how a simple python script can anonymize AWS Migration Evaluator usage data, allowing it to be uploaded even in highly regulated environments.

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How one nonprofit digitally transformed to support art and culture in a changing world

Tessitura Network, a member-owned nonprofit company, provides customer relationship management (CRM) technologies and services to performing arts, cultural, and entertainment organizations around the world. Tessitura integrates what used to be disparate components of running an arts and culture organization, and supports organizations to gain a full picture of their customers and patrons, to segment and analyze data for insights, and to build personalized engagements with donors and communities they serve—all using the cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Why moving to the cloud should be part of your sustainability strategy

A recent report by 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, commissioned by the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Institute, reveals that moving enterprise and public sector IT workloads from on-premises data centers to the cloud can reduce energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by nearly 80%, and is five times more energy efficient than the typical on-premises Asia Pacific (APAC) data center.

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5 tips for skilling the workforce of tomorrow from state and local government experts

Whether you are a local employer, a dean at a higher education institution, or a government entity, finding and training your workforce is top of mind. As we continue to find solutions to skill, reskill, or upskill our workforce, the answer will not be found by working in silos but rather through public-private collaboration. Recently, a number of education and government leaders from across the country participated in a panel to discuss the challenges facing local state leaders and education institutions around workforce. Five key suggestions emerged as ways to improve the workforce of tomorrow.

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