A checklist for negotiating government cloud service contracts

Grazed from FierceCIO. Author: David Weldon.

Government agencies at the federal and state level are lured to cloud computing by the promise of cost savings and expanded services. But there are also risks associated with moving operations and applications to the cloud. A recent report by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looks at contracting issues that government agencies face with adopting cloud services. The report was written for the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

"As with any form of government contracting, there are risks to be considered," notes an article at Governing. "Do governments lose control over their data? Do they risk losing access to it? Are they locked into a single vendor? The key to success is writing and negotiating a strong contract."...

With that in mind, the report offers several tips on how government IT executives can write and manage an effective cloud services contract. Study authors Shannon Tufts and Meredith Weiss developed a 12-part checklist of the issues that should be addressed:...

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