blog

0
80
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Catch the Cloud with DorobekINSIDER LIVE!

 Catch the Cloud with DorobekINSIDER LIVE!

Yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed an opportunity to participate in the DorobekINSIDER LIVE edition on cloud computing.  The conversation was both lively and informative.  Joining me on the show were:

Catch the Cloud with DorobekINSIDER LIVE!
Emily Jarvis

In partnership with GovLoop, the Knowledge Network for Government”, Chris Dorobek and Emily Jarvis get smart people together in order to share ideas because they believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.

This event was the ninth edition of DorobekINSIDER Live and the focus was looking at the progress agencies have made in moving to the cloud.

Some of the key points addressed include:

Why Does Cloud Matter?
Sweeney: I’ve read so many cases studies that feature government at all levels using cloud to improve their efficiency and speed. Take the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board for example. Cloud is important because it shows the shift from products to services.
Jackson: What is really different about cloud computing is it changes the way we deal with IT. Cloud is:
  1. Agile: the cloud should be reevaluated and changed every day, week, month or year. It is not a static product.
  2. Efficient: the cloud is efficient because you can apply parallel processes.
  3. Global: by nature cloud is a global enterprise.
“Cloud computing is a new business model. It is driving the cultural change in government to a service management mindset,” said Jackson. “CIOs have to not only have the technical capabilities but they also have to know how to manage financial disclosures in the cloud, know how to change to a new provider and re-deploy data to the cloud. Federal CIOs Vivek Kundra and Steven VanRoekel with their Cloud First and Share First policies are really driving the need to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the cloud. It is not about if agencies will go to the cloud, but how.”
Do more with less with cloud?
Sweeney: Do more with nothing is more like it. The do more with less saying has been the mantra for IT shops for a long time. But by using cloud IT departments don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time. So it saves time and money.
Jackson: I think although time and money are huge factors the other big development with cloud was seeing how it impacts the mission. How by using cloud services agencies could show increased deliverables on mission. The issue comes in the form of procurement. How do you change the policies on IT contracts? This is all new and the policies need to be changed and modified. Cloud procurement is a 180 degree shift from the waterfall acquisition approach.
Sweeney: New providers are coming into the market and taking major contracts away from traditional providers. The question is now, how can we become more rapid while still be secure? Agencies that are using cloud to build-up that security are the real winners.
Changing role of the CIO?
Sweeney: If CIOs don’t evolve and embrace cloud technologies their employees will go around them. Take the Dropbox example. Dropbox is technically verboten at agencies, but all the employees use it. They want to be able to access documents anywhere on any device. People say if IT won’t provide me with a solution I will go around you. That is dangerous for an organization.
Jackson: This phenomenon is called shadow IT. People have a real desire to solve problems and if policies are too slow, they find alternative ways to get it done.
Listen to the full show below!

Bookmark and Share

Cloud Musings on Forbes
( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS – © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2012)

Follow me at https://Twitter.com/Kevin_Jackson

LEAVE A COMMENT

Name*
E-mail*
Phone number*
Your Message

Latest posts

0
147

2018 AT&T Business Summit: Security “in” and “of” the Cloud

While public cloud is undoubtedly an outsized piece of the conversation, news headlines of the latest data breach can...

0
89

My Brush with Royalty: Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah! Hip Hop Icon. Movie Star. Television Star. Fashion Model. Songwriter. Producer. Entrepreneurial Genius...

0
99

What’s New in Puppet 5?

Puppet 5 is released and comes with several exciting enhancements and features that promise to make configuration man...

0
117

5 Reasons Why Ansible is the Best CM Tool Out There?

Amidst volatile markets, dynamic technology shifts, and ever-increasing customer demands, it is imperative for IT org...

0
159

Machine learning APIs for Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is considered to be one of the Big 3 cloud platforms among Microsoft Azure and AWS. GCP i...

0
108

What Is The Most Important Part of Architecture?

I always find it interesting to hear what people view architecture as. A lot of people think it’s just about the desi...

0
1685

Cloud migration best practice Part 4: Executing the migration

This series has stepped through cloud migration best practices. After providing an overview, we discussed: Classifyin...

0
280

Cloud Migration Best Practice Part 3: Application Portfolio Analysis

In part three of this series on cloud migration best practice, I will focus on migrating the application itself. If y...

0
399

Why Use Immutable Storage?

Data has become a global currency, and its value has nowhere to go but up.  According to The Economist online, the wo...

0
778

CLOUD ACT: What Does That Mean for Your Cloud Storage

When Congress names a law after you, it’s getting serious.  That is where we are now with cloud computing.  The Clari...