3 Ways Industry Can Help Government Cloud Adoption

Lloyd McCoy Jr.By Lloyd McCoy Jr., DOD Manager

If you attended our recent Cloud Briefing & GCloud Briefing 41216-3overnment Panel, you likely heard a recurring message from the federal leaders who spoke: They need help from industry.

Moving to the cloud has been a bigger challenge than expected as summed up by Office of the DOD CIO cloud lead Robert Vietmeyer, who spoke on our government panel: “This stuff is hard. Leadership is bought into your marketing pitch,” he told attendees, largely representing cloud providers. “We all want better, faster, cheaper. We just found it’s more difficult to get from where we are today to where we all want to be.”

Here are three ways government leaders want industry’s help:

  1. Get certified: NASA web services executive Roopangi Kadakia says industry needs to get their people cloud security certified. There are so few with cloud security expertise in government, civilian, and private sectors that she’s excited when she finds one person who’s certified. “Think about the fact that if you really want to get into the game, invest in your folks,” she says. “There are enough nuisances that you really do want the folks who can say and speak at a level that will help people.” Kadakia also spoke of NASA’s success with cloud.
  1. Lobby Congress for better laws: Navy deputy CIO Janice Haith, also on the panel, lamented that the laws aren’t agile enough to allow the service to keep pace with innovation. “You can’t hold the Department of Defense at the same level as the 50s, 60, and even the 70s and 80s,” Haith says. “If you want to protect your constituency, give us some ability to maneuver.” Haith says the Navy is changing its cloud strategy, which she hopes is for the last time. Panel moderator and immixGroup co-founder Steve Charles says the good news is there’s proposed legislation circulating and one possible change would involve saving “use it or lose it” funds for cloud implementation.
  1. Solve the biggest tech challenges: As the Navy moves to cloud solutions, it wonders what to do with capabilities that are so outdated that they can’t be reengineered. The service has to start from new and it’s looking to industry to help figure out that challenge. More specifically, the service wants to analyze its applications–who’s using them and why. Those applications with no output or value will have to be killed. The Air Force is also facing tech hurdles, including making data loss prevention work in the cloud, especially with securing mobile apps. Air Force CTO Frank Konieczny, another panel speaker, says the service created a mobility panel “just to discuss how we’re going to go forward with mobility from a secure access control realm for the Air Force,” he says. “Because the Air Force has a disjointed view right now.”

Want to hear more from our Cloud Briefing and Government Panel? Watch video clips of the highlights here. For the full cloud briefing and government panel, click here.


About Lloyd McCoy Jr.
Lloyd McCoy is the manager of immixGroup’s Market Intelligence organization, leveraging market analysis and purchasing trends to help immixGroup suppliers and partners shorten their sales cycles. He has a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a M.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining immixGroup, Lloyd was a senior analyst in the Intelligence Community for eight years, serving in a variety of senior analytic and project management positions in the U.S. and abroad.

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