MeriTalk: NSF Official Emphasizes Importance of Cloud-Native Apps

“Chezian Sivagnanam, chief enterprise architect at the National Science Foundation (NSF), stressed the importance of moving the Federal government to cloud-native applications, during a presentation Feb. 12 at an event organized by GovLoop and Red Hat.”

“The Federal government ‘usually has big monolithic applications,’ Sivagnanam said, but the problem with those is they aren’t ‘agile to meet customer needs.’ Focusing on cloud-native app development allows agency IT departments to break ‘these big monolithic applications into simple services,’ he said.”

“One area where the government struggles is keeping up with a rapidly changing technological landscape, which ultimately changes how the government must function, he said…”

“Barriers to moving to cloud-native app development often are cultural, Sivagnanam said. He added that customers and developers need to be on the same page when it comes to rapidly adapting to change and deploying new tech.”

“On the cybersecurity front, he said IT teams typically look at ‘how to make the existing [cyber] tools work with the new technology.’ But Sivagnanam said ‘it doesn’t work that way,’ and explained that in a cloud-native environment cybersecurity needs to be more baked in, not bolted on.”

“’You need to be delivering change to the end-user must faster,’ Sivagnanam said, and essential to that goal is team-building. Connecting the idea of building a strong team to the importance of cultural change, Sivagnanam said a shift away from institutional knowledge – which is based on the previous monolithic-style apps the government was using – is essential.”

“To make that shift, the government has to invest in training to move developers toward agile development. On top of that, Sivagnanam said it is essential to ‘break down the silos’ between developers, network architects, and cybersecurity experts…” Read the full article here.

Source: NSF Official Emphasizes Importance of Cloud-Native Apps – February 13, 2020. MeriTalk.

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