George Young, vice president of public sector at Elastic, and Paul Wilkinson, executive vice president of the 1901 Group, discuss what the growing adoption of cloud services in government means for industry, and what the future holds for tech in the region.
Government spending on cloud services contracts will continue to grow in 2019, according to projections from Bloomberg Government. The numbers have been growing steadily for several years now, and Bloomberg pegs this year’s total cost at $6.5 billion. The growth of this industry sector shows that modernization is a top priority for government. George Young, vice president of public sector at Elastic, says that the cloud environment has changed significantly in the last few years. “There’s a wide variety of services now. There are things in cybersecurity, intelligence analysis, things that weren’t possible before that people really starting to take a look at,” Young said. “There’s a big difference too in what I would call the “1.0 version” of cloud services versus the current version. There are big technical differences between them and people will have to choose ‘who’s the vendor I want to be working with.’ because there will be differentiated services within this.” Paul Wilkinson, executive vice president of the 1901 Group, says that growth in the sector will start to strain the tech workforce in the D.C. area. “I think the workforce is going to be a big challenge moving forward into the future. We’re already in a tight labor market and with Amazon HQ2 coming to the national capital region, it is going to create even more strain on the environment. Just finding the right people to do the job,” Wilkinson said. “I think people need to be working with academia to create programs that they can use to train people. We need to attract people into the workforce and make sure they have the tools they need to do the job.”