Opinion: Fed Tech Must Calculate Risks to the Cloud; International Trade Admin Case Study

“One approach to solve this issue is a slow, measured migration. Another approach is a more dramatic transformation in a shorter period that might be painful, but allows agencies to reap the benefits of cloud migration much sooner. The best approach for agencies to successfully transition depends on the agency itself, its mission, and what officials are looking to achieve.”

“… The move to the cloud started out smoothly with a transition to Microsoft Office 365, but a change in the chief information officer position led to a bolder approach. ITA technology managers then embarked upon a plan to rapidly migrate legacy applications wholesale to the cloud as well as virtual print servers, and at the same time create a global borderless network.”

“These moves led to a challenging few months where availability suffered, throughput issues– bandwidth, latency, routing–abounded, emergency costs increased, and client dissatisfaction grew, according to Andres Mendes, the ITA’s current CIO,…” Read the full article here.

Source:  Fed Tech Leaders Should Take Calculated Risks Moving to the Cloud – March 19, 2019. MeriTalk.

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