The ministries and agencies of the Albanian government were making great strides in their use of technology—but that became a problem. A growing number of decentralized applications ran on a variety of platforms—making it impossible to achieve economies of scale. The agency tasked with tackling this challenge lacked the computing resources and personnel to centralize, standardize, and manage hundreds of traditional application servers. By hosting the applications in a private cloud environment based on Microsoft technologies, the agency has found that its current resources—both technological and human—are ample. Government users now get better, faster, and more reliable application services. And IT professionals at the agency easily handle the increased workload while working fewer nights and weekends than before.