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Susie Adams of Microsoft on Future of the Cloud

In Microsoft Federal CTO Susie Adams‘ opinion, the transition to cloud computing is a gradual process that begins with small steps.

“We encourage agencies to take baby steps and really do a cost benefit analysis,” she said, adding, “In some instances, it may not be a wise business decision to move a particular workload to the cloud.”

In an interview with ExecutiveBiz, Adams explained her opinion of how cloud computing will change technology. As for its future, she said mainstream server products with counterparts in the cloud will become more common.

“You will start to see us fill out that technology,” she said, referring to Microsoft’s new relationship management software available in the cloud.

She believes over time, companies will use cloud computing for their core capabilities and public-facing websites to further Gov 2.0 efforts.

But as of now, cloud computing remains an option, one that should be adopted by baby steps.

“We want to make sure that, regardless of where our customers are in the federal space or in the maturity of a particular workload, they have choice in cloud offerings … they have the ability to have some users run on premise and others run in the cloud,” Adams said.

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