Raising the Bar on Government IT using Hybrid Cloud
June 13, 2016 5:28 pm
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Over the last six years, the emergence of cloud computing has changed the way agencies view their networks and data centers.
One recent estimate from IDC Government Insights says 8.5 percent of all federal IT spending goes to a public, private or hybrid cloud.
IDC says agencies are expected to spend in 2016:
$702 million on software-as-a-service.
$1.2 billion on infrastructure-as-a-service
$231 million on platform-as-a-service
And then another $4.6 billion on other cloud spending not related to the as-a-service spend.
Still CIOs see a lot more opportunity in the cloud.
The Professional Services Council’s 2015 survey of federal chief information officers (CIOs) found only 8 percent said they had progressed as far as they wanted to in implementing cloud-based solutions.
Now on top of that is recent draft memos from OMB on data center consolidation and open source, which creates new mandates that help further the push to move new technology infrastructures.
The data center policy would mandate a reduction of data centers by another two thousand by 2019, but more importantly the draft memo ties the reductions to efficiency, cybersecurity and transformation efforts.
The open source memo would require new software developed specifically for or by the federal government to be made available for sharing and re-use across all agencies. It also would include a pilot program to release a portion of that new federally-funded custom code to the public.
The integration of cloud, data center transformations and open source are spurring an opportunity to drive down costs, increase efficiency and enable transformation and innovation.
But there are several questions that need answers. How will this new architecture interact with legacy systems in a secure manner?
How can agencies prioritize applications to move to the cloud and optimize their data centers, while keeping the current technology running smoothly?
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio
Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Radio. As executive editor, Jason helps direct the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of federal technology, procurement, finance and human resource news.As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs.
Panelists Pamela Dyson, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission
Ms. Dyson has held key positions in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) since she came to the Commission in 2010, including Acting CIO and Deputy CIO. As Deputy CIO, Ms. Dyson played a leading role in enhancing the SEC’s technological capabilities and modernizating key service delivery platforms and business applications. Ms. Dyson began her SEC career as Assistant Director for Enterprise Operations. Before joining the SEC staff, she was the Deputy CIO for the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Ms. Dyson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Joseph Klimavicz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice
Mr. Joseph F. Klimavicz joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership team as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in May 2014. In this position, he provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s information and technology programs in support of the Department’s law enforcement and crime prevention mission.
Michelle Sparrow-Walker, Acting Director of the Systems & Integration Office, Department of State
Ms. Sparrow-Walker joined the Department of State in September 2007 after serving over 25 years with Department of Army supporting both Military and Civilian Personnel Systems. She joined the Department of State and IRM’s Systems and Integration Office as the Chief of the Application Integration Division, later reorganized to be the Enterprise Programming and Integration Division. In October, 2014, Ms. Sparrow-Walker was designated as the Deputy Director for SIO, and has been serving as the Acting Director for SIO since July 2015.
Steve Grewal, Deputy Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
Steve Grewal currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As DCIO, he is responsible for assisting the GSA Chief Information Officer in the leadership of all GSA information technology (IT) responsibilities and authorities. He also serves as an advisor to the CIO, Administrator, Deputy Administrator and other senior GSA officials on all technology issues.
Adam Clater, Chief Cloud Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
Adam Clater is the Chief Cloud Architect of the Office of the Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s North America Public Sector organization. He works internationally with federal agencies, integrators and Red Hat partners & Communities to promote and define the use of enterprise open source solutions.
Adam has experienced first hand the evolving role that I.T. has played in the federal government for nearly two decades, starting with his role as a Systems Administrator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1997.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Adam was a senior architect, system administrator and lead for a variety of commercial and government agencies including: Lockheed Martin – U.S. Army, The National Education Association,RSA Security, AOL/Time Warner.