As this new decade unfolds, Federal, Provincial and Local government leaders in Canada continue to build on the foundational technologies that have transformed our world. Currently, these leaders are focused on delivering vaccines and combating the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact while planning for the strategic challenges that lie ahead. As they pivot from crisis response to longer-term enterprise planning, Canadian governments must apply the lessons learned from the pandemic response when developing longer term strategic goals related to technology.
When the pandemic struck, many Canadian government Departments and Ministries rapidly and successfully implemented technology solutions to meet their citizens’ needs. At all levels of Government in Canada, the public sector pivoted to working from home on the dime, adjusting their operations to maintain employee and citizen services in parallel. Now, the Public Sector face years of escalating constituent demands paired with comparatively smaller budgets that will warrant the adoption of efficient solutions for existing and future workloads.
“Budget reductions are going to be a shock to the system and while government organizations might be experiencing some of that already, it’s going to hit really hard in the next couple of budget cycles,” says Jirka Danek, Oracle’s Cloud Executive Advisor for Canada and former CTO for Shared Services Canada (SSC). “On top of budget limitations, the Government of Canada is grappling with an erosion of experienced Information Technology resources with close to 44% of these employees now eligible for retirement. This scenario is going to force departments and ministries to assess their most critical functions, prioritize, and then figure out how to deliver those services as efficiently and effectively as possible. Part of the solution is accelerating their migration to cloud to reduce their dependency on dwindling internal resources.”
Inspired by this context and the role cloud played in facilitating the ‘great pivot’ at the offset of the pandemic, many Canadian Government leaders are continuing to examine how cloud services can be used to continue to improve efficiency and more effectively deliver citizen services while reducing the total cost of ownership and improving value for money.
With Government of Canada departments at the beginning of their journey to the cloud, they can choose from up to eight cloud providers to address their varying requirements. This has encouraged leaders to consider multi-cloud or hybrid cloud strategies out-of-the-gate to leverage cloud providers in areas that play to their respective strengths.
“Oracle’s Cloud offerings fit naturally into a multi-cloud strategy,” continued Jirka. “Oracle applications- Peoplesoft, Siebel and e-business Suite, and hundreds of commercial off the shelf instances of .Net, Java apps and SOA are being utilized across almost all federal departments along with numerous provincial ministries. These legacy applications have the potential to run and perform most effectively in Oracle cloud. Our research indicates that deployments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) have a 38% lower TCO than on-premises deployments, and 44% less TCO than other cloud providers. We have also seen a 30% increase in performance, and 2-10 times faster reporting.”
These are impressive performance results that many Canadian federal departments and provincial ministries would experience by moving their Oracle footprints to Oracle Cloud. When facing the need for modernization through cloud in the face of scarce resources, moving Oracle to Oracle should certainly be considered the least risky avenue.
Full details on Oracle Cloud and the advantages of modernizing your Oracle footprint by moving it to the cloud can be found here.
Jirka joined Oracle after a rewarding career in the Canadian Public Service.
Beginning as Chief Technology and Security Officer of what was then, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Jirka became Chief Information Officer of the Shared Services branch of the department which eventually formed the task force that created a business case for the creation of Shared Services Canada (SSC).
This taskforce was the first to move into the newly minted SSC in 2012 where Jirka served as CTO and CISO. Later that year, an order in council led to Shared Services Canada’s servicing of 43 other departments and agencies and Jirka was asked to lead the enterprise architecture that formed the basis of SSC’s mandate which persists to the present day.