I recently discussed cloud on a Government Matters TV program that aired May 2. LaVerne Council/Former CIO, Department of Veterans Affairs and National Managing Principal for Enterprise Technology Strategy and Innovation, Grant Thornton and I addressed these issues. To view the segment, please visit https://govmatters.tv/aws/
Cloud is a way to support many agency objectives. It can more cost effectively and securely extend datacenter capabilities such as computing and storage without building government-owned and government-operated datacenters. This helps stretch resources and makes support and maintenance less onerous for IT. In addition to reducing mission costs, cloud can improve services, such as ensuring that web based portals have access to newer functionalities faster and delivering better mission services information to constituents. Cloud based back up and disaster recovery is a cost-effective way to ensure that data is protected and business activities continue in the event of a systemwide disruption. And cloud supported email and collaboration tools can provide increased employee productivity.
Perhaps the most important reason for federal agencies to deploy cloud is to comply with executive and legislative mandates such as the American Technology Council Report to the President on IT Modernization, and the Modernizing Government Technology Act. Agencies are instructed to modernize legacy systems while improving cybersecurity defenses. A cloud-first architecture is key to modernization, and agencies should be architecting continuity, disaster recovery, compliance, and security on cloud-first platforms as they shift workloads to cloud. Agencies are instructed to:
- Improve the quality and efficiency of critical citizen-facing services
- Transition legacy IT to commercial clouds/other innovative commercial technologies, including shared services
- Increase use of cloud-based solutions - email and collaboration tools
- Reduce cybersecurity risks via modern commercial and cutting-edge IT security capabilities expect innovations from their cloud partners, innovations that will further drive efficiencies and enable missions.
IDC welcomes this alignment of the executive and legislative branches to support IT modernization, cybersecurity, and shared services, all while leveraging commercial IT solutions. And a cloud partner should be a key source for access to innovative technologies. Cloud is an enabler of Big Data, mobility and social business, and enables digital transformation through deployment of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing. This emerging reality is a key reason to deploy commercial IT solutions. For more information see the Government Matters TV program that aired May 2. LaVerne Council/Former CIO, Department of Veterans Affairs and National Managing Principal for Enterprise Technolgy Strategy and Innovation, Grant Thornton and I addressed these issues. https://govmatters.tv/aws/, or view it below: