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Please Help Me Plan My Meeting With Mr. Vivek Kundra !!
May 21, 2009 at 3:33 am #72474
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A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a chance to meet Mr. Vivek Kundra at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in downtown Washington, DC. Needless to say, I was honored to be given the opportunity.
If you have any suggestions for me, I would be happy to hear about them. The only thing I ask is for your recommendations to be focused on general technologies, industry standards or open source approaches. Please, no specific commercial products or specific technology implementations.
Of particular interest to me will be those technologies, standards or approaches that are “shovel ready”, and available for pilot implementations today! As outlined in the budget, “… pilot projects will be implemented to offer an opportunity to utilize more fully and broadly departmental and agency architectures to identify enterprise-wide common services and solutions, with a new emphasis on cloud-computing. The pilots will test a variety of services and delivery modes, provisioning approaches, options, and opportunities that cloud computing brings to Federal Government. Additionally, the multiple approaches will focus on measuring service, cost, and performance; refining and scaling pilots to full capabilities; and providing financial support to accelerate migration”.
I look forward to your assistance on this!
May 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm #72482
I believe a frank discussion on open source initiatives, with respect to Grid Computing, will be productive. For example, the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA), a product of the Grid community at large, represents an evolution towards a Grid system architecture based on Web services concepts and technologies. Furthermore, Data Access and Integration Services (DAIS) is another emerging standard (e.g. WS-DAIR, WS-DAIX) to access and integrate data, within a grid environment, that could drive a unified federated data architecture. All have limited implementations, but are “shovel ready.”
P.S. Vivek was a colleague of mine, when he was previously employed by Arlington, as their Network Services
Director. He is an astute technology visionary who can communicate (and deploy) emerging technology
paradigms effectively. Be prepared to communicate your vision for federal enterprise cloud computing and
data architecture. Also, please wish him well (on my behalf) as the nation’s first CIO.
May 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm #72480
Does he plan to provide additional mandates related to IPv6 – will he take the next step?
Is there a Federal Wide Cloud computing strategy to optimize and outsource government run IT shops.
Does he plan to implement BAA compliance in addition to TAA compliance for IT monies in the stimulus package? ( at the fed level)
Any plans to align government with industry best practices to improve service delivery to the public? Agencies should be creating a roadmap for the network infrastructure that will allow them to rapidly deploy new applications to improve business processes and provide quality public services.
Does each agency have a network infrastructure that is capable of handling the applications needed to improve operational efficiency anywhere, anytime, anyplace in support of the mission? This is job number one, every agency must have an agile mission fabric, none of the other things that follow will work well without it.
Finally, Who is best to provide oversight, implementation, and ongoing maintenance for a given application? We should always be asking the WHO question, modeling industry, and avoiding business as usual.
May 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm #72478
Thank you for the thoughtful input. I will definitely highlight this dialog when I meet Mr. Kundra and will leave a listing of all comments for his review. If anyone else would like to provide additional comments, I will continue collecting them until Tuesday evening (May 26th).
May 28, 2009 at 4:44 am #72476
From a cost savings perspective, cloud computing can also be used as a tool that could serve as a platform for launching further projects using business intelligence tools etc. Such techniques can be used for implementing any project with a new method for reducing the costs of administering and launching projects.
I had met briefly with Vivek Kundra at an Open Government session with AFCEA and mentioned this topic briefly to him, of which he was receptive to.
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