DOL, NSF CIOs on long-term outlook for IT Modernization, Cloud

“Federal officials stressed the need to view IT modernization as a continuous effort, rather than a buy- and-forget process, on Feb. 8 at the Resiliency Colloquium organized by MeriTalk, ACT-IAC, and the Partnership for Public Service, who partnered on the Resilient report issued earlier this month…”

“’Resiliency in IT modernization needs to be treated like a marathon and not a sprint,’ Department of Labor CIO Gundeep Ahluwalia said at the conference. ‘When something happens, “Oh my god, can we do something this weekend?” I think while we all find a way to do something over the weekend, we should stop treating it like that,’ he said.

When it’s undertaken correctly, modernization is a ‘continuous process,’ he said, adding, ‘run it like a marathon, and you will be resilient from an IT perspective.’

While modernizing IT systems was a major focus of the panel, officials also spoke about the importance of making sure agencies are utilizing cloud services in the correct ways.

‘There was a time if you recall when people would say, “I don’t want my data in the cloud, I’m afraid,”’ Dorothy Aronson, CIO for the National Science Foundation, said. ‘The world has changed completely. But so now sometimes people will say I want this in the cloud, and you have to really decide if that’s the right thing to do.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Fed CIOs Counsel Long-Term Outlook on Modernization, Cloud Efforts – By Lamar Johnson, February 10, 2021. MeriTalk.

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