February 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm #152020
Professor Kelman recently wrote an article in FCW on the cloud computing procurement process asking if there were any real hurdles for cloud procurements – a previous column by Alan Jochs had argued there were huge hurdles.
So what do you think – what are the hurdles for cloud procurements?
February 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm #152024
Peter G. TuttleParticipant
Hi Steve. Let me add a twist to your question: What are the hurdles that need to be faced and overcome for Agency procurement organizations to actually perform their mission using the cloud? Rationale for question: Agencies are scrambling to reduce the cost of governing, in part, by reducing their physical footprint. Given the state of 21st Century technology, the procurement function should be able to be executed successfully in the cloud without regard for brick-and-mortar facility space. Thoughts? Cheers. Pete
February 7, 2012 at 12:31 am #152022
A climate of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is really the key ingredient in the acquisition process, specifically when it comes to IT. It is aversion to risk that really hampers the system. I am glad to hear @ J. Johnson’s comments, as I have had some recent unpleasant conversations with CO/KOs who claim that the government is not risk averse, and innovation is the key ingredient into the work 1102s are currently doing. Really?
Cloud computing does not need yet more MACs. They already exist. What is needed is standardized processes for security and implementation, that can be used across the federal space in conjunction with industry collaboration. Rapid technology insertion requires this direct collaboration with industry, but also calculated risks based on best practices and a strong relationship with industry partners.
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