Contractors: Don't shirk your cloud responsibilities

Grazed from Washington Technology. Author: Jim Sweeney.

A number of the game-changing trends highlighted in a recent Deltek report on the government market revolved around cloud computing; and how contractors need to think strategically to address agency challenges.

The market research firm’s Federal Information Technology Hardware Market, 2012-2017 report included the following as major challenges facing agencies:

  • Managing data, not infrastructure
  • Increasing efficiency
  • Enhancing enterprise services
  • Accelerating innovation
  • Consolidating acquisition avenues...

I have spent hundreds of hours, as chief technology officer of GTSI, interviewing my peers in federal, state and local government who are already successfully using some form of cloud, and the challenges they faced. The result of this effort is Get Your Head in the Cloud: Unraveling the Mystery for Public Sector, a book that provides a clearer picture of the cloud landscape and addresses a number of the trends outlined in the Deltek report.

As IT professionals, we must work to alleviate the major concerns that serve as barriers to cloud adoption for our success as well as the success of our customers’ missions. We must focus on the following:...

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