DHS CBP IT Executive Ed Mays on mission promise of hybrid cloud

“Hybrid has an opportunity to fulfill U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission more effectively than ever before, and the agency wants the private sector to help.”

“CBP sees the hybrid cloud’s ‘ultimate customer base being the officer and [CBP] agent out on the front lines,’ noted CBP’s Executive Director Ed Mays of the Enterprise Data Management and Engineering Directorate at IBM’s Think Gov event last week.”

“’Ultimately our broad goal for hybrid cloud is to be able to build once and migrate based on the economic conditions at the time and abilities of our customers,’ Mays said at the event. ‘At CBP we’ve done some really good work, but we’ve got a long way to go in terms of maturity and standardization and enhancing resiliency.’”

“In order to successfully transition to hybrid cloud, CBP must balance the priorities of its four directorates (border enforcement, passenger systems, cargo systems and targeting systems) while developing an enterprise strategy for one hybrid CBP cloud as opposed to several connected clouds.”

“’In terms of hybrid cloud, it’s really using anything you have on hand and using a hyper-localized data center or moving from cloud to cloud, but we’ve got to do that in an agile and standardized manner,’ Mays said. ‘We can do that a little bit today, but it takes an inordinate amount of resources to get it done, and we look to [the private] industry to help us do that faster, quicker and cheaper so it’s feasible to our customer base and our nation…’” Read the full article here.

Source: Hybrid Cloud Has Mission Promise for CBP – By Kate Macri, July 7, 2020. GovernmentCIO.

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