Embracing the Cloud

Posted on 06/01/2017

Every new technology must go through a cycle of maturity. Beginning with buzz-word status, moving to reliable and proven. As new technologies migrate through this cycle, Federal Government agencies must delicately balance between “bleeding edge” status (too risky) and “dinosaur” (too late) paces of adoption. Prudence has its place and should be exercised before widely adopting new technologies (remember the Apple Newton?), given the potential impact and buying power of most agencies. However, agencies should not wait too long as the expectation of constituents has the potential to outpace the agency’s ability to deliver services. Remember when the only way to access certain information was to wait until it was printed and distributed by the Government Printing Office? Today’s government customer sees this as a laughable notion. They demand secure, instant, fast access as they interact with the government.

So it is with the cloud. In a now famous policy announcement dated back to February 8th, 2011 then Government CIO Vivek Kundra detailed the Government’s Cloud First Policy. All of the basic arguments were there – speed, scale, security, economic, cost, etc. These factors have become more advantageous since 2011, and yet some agencies are still in a wait-and-see mode. This shouldn’t be the case. Cloud technology is mature, secure, and reliable. Entire industries build an existence entirely on Cloud Technology. The Government even has a standard for ensuring consistent security standard across cloud service providers; FedRAMP. 

See the article for an industry overview and perspective on Cloud.