It’s been almost eight years since the Office of Management and Budget kicked off its latest data center consolidation and optimization initiative.
The Trump administration is making a major push for agencies to consolidate back-office systems and make them more efficient through these shared resources.
The Navy has to figure out how to harness, organize and deliver its data to users before it can start utilizing that data for decision making.
Cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, and the increasing digitization of information and processes are pushing agencies toward a hybrid computing environment. This is when agencies have a mix of on premise and commercial cloud infrastructures.
For success in the cloud, manage your data
Moving any enterprise to the cloud presents new challenges, particularly as data is moved off-premises. Over the last seven-plus years, agencies have faced many of those challenges as they decided what type of services in the cloud to implement.
Many agencies are considering moving to the cloud. This transition is more than a “lift and shift” to one of the major cloud offerings. Merlin International and NetApp have combined to help you take advantage of the hybrid cloud. The good news is that a hybrid cloud will give federal information systems possibilities they didn’t have before; the bad news is, one must examine systems carefully before a transition is made.
Getting to full benefit of cloud deployments means substantial reengineering of applications, as opposed to simply the lift-and-shift approach. But Chad Sheridan, the chief information officer of the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency, says federal agencies aren’t quite there yet.
Cameron Chehreh, the chief operating officer, chief technology officer and vice president at Dell EMC Federal, said hybrid cloud, micro-services and as-a-service buying models are key to enabling agencies to move off of legacy IT systems.
Let’s start by asking a simple question: Where does your agency want to be from a technology perspective, from a citizen services perspective by 2020?