DOI CIO Bill Vajda: Agency’s IT modernization success relies upon people, data

“When it came to moving to the cloud, the Interior Department jumped ahead of nearly every other agency back in 2011 with its first email-as-a-service contract.”

Nearly nine years later, Interior recently complicated its second round of moving email and collaboration tools the cloud.”

“Bill Vajda, Interior’s chief information officer, said the recently completed move to Office 365 from Google Apps for Government is one of several ongoing cloud modernization efforts.”

“As a service, we care more about availability than the specifics about how those clouds are managed and so once they jump through all the hoops that are associated with security and all the compliance and oversight and contractor reporting requirements, how they actually do that work is less interesting to us now,” Vajda said on Ask the CIO sponsored by Swishdata and Checkpoint Software Technologies. “Really, how they do that so its works in a way that ensures that you’ve got availability of that data that you’ve got transport ability of that data across all the different cloud domains that you’re working with, that’s actually out far larger part of the of the concerns that we deal with every day than just whether a server is up or down or not.”

“He said the cloud is freeing up staff to be less “wires and pliers” and more…” Listen to the newscast here.

Source: Interior’s IT modernization success relies on people, data – By Jason Miller, June 24, 2020. Federal News Network.

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