The Federal Cloud Computing Summit brought together cloud subject matter experts from the federal government and academia, and featured visionary panels about topics ranging from cloud strategy to cloud success stories to a look ahead at what the future of cloud computing might look like. The insights shared by many of the panelists at that event echoed the sentiments Software AG Government Solutions thought leaders Chris Steel and Chris Borneman recently shared about the future of the data center and IT modernization.
The Cloud summit featured a Visionary Panel, “Cloud Strategy from the CTO Perspective,” where David Mihelcic, CTO, DISA; Maria Roat, CTO, DOT; and Wolf Tombe, CTO, CBP, offered insights about what agencies need to be considering as they draft or fine-tune their cloud strategies. Roat talked about cloud being an “enabler” and how agencies should focus less on the cost-savings cloud can eventually provide but, rather, about how it can foster agility and offer enhanced capabilities to help agencies advance their missions. She also discussed the importance of mapping the data center and application interdependencies as part of the process of implementing cloud strategy. Mihelcic agreed with Roat about cloud serving as an enabler, particularly with regard to supporting the military, and also emphasized the agility aspects of cloud as a benefit superseding eventual cost-savings. Tombe stressed the need for agencies to create not only a cloud strategy, but a cloud exit strategy as well, with the focus being on data portability rather than just a particular cloud platform. All underscored the opportunities cloud offers in terms of data center consolidation and modernization.
The themes of agility and cloud as a component of ongoing IT modernization are themes that are at the heart of what Software AG Government Solutions offers customers. Chris Borneman, Vice President of Software AG Government Solutions, recently shared his tips for preparing for big changes that will occur in data centers in as little as five years, all of which aligned with those shared by the visionary panelists at the cloud computing summit. In his post, he emphasizes the process of assessing and mapping all the dependencies across application layers as a foundation for future modernization and migration efforts—the same thing panelists at the cloud summit focused on. He closed his article by stating “By preparing today, we can ensure a more efficient tomorrow for the government’s data centers.” You can read the rest of his tips and insights here.
Chris Steel also recently shared with readers of Information Week five practical tips to help government IT leaders drive modernization projects. We summarized his tips here on ModernGov, but his number one tip is the very same shared by both the Cloud Summit panelists and Chris Borneman: know what you have. He suggests that before you rip out even one single module that you first take stock of what you have to get a really good understanding of what you need.
The bottom line is that, for federal agencies, the process of consolidating data centers or preparing to move to the cloud is complex. Software AG Government Solutions helps agencies comply and take their consolidation efforts even further with three key offerings: application rationalization & portfolio management solutions, In-memory computing software and Integration capabilities. Read more about these solutions and how our solutions can help.