While top levels of the government “have been rather vocal when making the case” for transitioning to cloud computing, 40 percent of respondents to a recent survey of federal employees involved in the effort could not say whether the impact has been positive or negative and another 30 percent said there was no noticeable impact.

The survey of some 300 employees, mostly in the technical, scientific, IT, program/project management, and administrative/office services fields, did find that of the rest, those viewing cloud migration as a positive outweighed those viewing it as a negative by 24 to 6 percent.

“The survey results indicate [top] executives should get more involved post cloud migration to validate and communicate that the value was achieved,” said a summary by the Deloitte consulting firm, which conducted the survey.

Further, only one in five respondents “indicated that their organization is either extensively leveraging cloud native applications or at least piloting early applications developed for cloud.”

The main barriers to wider adoption, it said, include “security concerns, lack of skills/expertise, budget constraints, legacy applications, and organizational change. Not all clouds are created equal and neither are applications. As a result, success in the cloud requires a certain degree of evolution in the IT services portfolio, cyber practices, and organization.”