One of the primary attractions of moving to a cloud environment is cost. Before taking the plunge, it's common for agencies to calculate cost savings as high as 90 percent for moving from an in-house data center to a hosted cloud environment.
For many agencies, cloud computing is the answer to a range of long-standing challenges, including scalability and true elasticity, barriers to entry, technology refreshes and cost savings. Yet cloud computing can introduce its own challenges, particularly in terms of security -- not necessarily in the capabilities of the cloud but in the perceptions that surround cloud because of its abstract nature.
Software development is evolving. Agencies are moving from more traditional development methodologies to those that are able to more directly tie to agency strategy and mission success—thanks, in part, to cloud.
Moving to a cloud environment can offer enhanced efficiency, increased flexibility and significant cost savings. Yet the level to which you realize these benefits can differ dramatically based on the type of implementation.
At last month’s Nextgov Prime 2014 event, NASA Web Services Executive Roopangi Kadakia and I provided advice on how agencies can overcome the hurdles to innovation and achieve success. The advice we presented is relevant for all federal agencies striving to meet the needs of constituents—and of the agency as a whole—and achieve mission success.
As a federal manager, one of your responsibilities is to implement programs that help meet the needs of your constituents and accomplish your agency’s mission. You strive to leverage innovative approaches for your digital communications and technology strategies, yet focusing solely on these approaches can present many hurdles.
Now that the deadline for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has passed, you may be unsure what exactly this means for your agency. Whether your agency is looking to purchase a new cloud environment or already has one implemented, the FedRAMP requirements can seem a little daunting.
The philosophy of the Federal Cloud First Policy is centered on the idea of creating a more agile, responsive and flexible computing model to help improve service and reduce costs.
When is the last time you went to a particular website? Where were you? What device were you using?If you’re like most of us, it probably wasn’t sitting at your desk, and it probably wasn’t on a traditional PC.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened on January 8 in Las Vegas, proved again that despite a slowing economy, consumers are still demanding the most cutting edge “stuff” they can get their hands on, especially when it comes to mobile.