SBA Cloud SME Bill Hunt: Positive culture in Federal agencies can boost cloud implementations

“Cloud deployments and infrastructures are dynamic, ever-changing and different for each federal agency—but across the board, embracing adaptability, agility and keen risk-acceptance can spur more successful implementations, two federal officials explained Thursday.”

“During a virtual Nextgov panel, Small Business Administration’s Bill Hunt and Government Accountability Office’s Tom Johnson reflected on agencywide cultural aspects that can be conducive to operating transformational cloud capabilities.”

“’I think there are a lot of components that go into it. One is just a top-cover level willingness to actually try new things, and part of that is giving your teams the permission to be able to understand that they’re going to fail,’ Hunt, the chief enterprise architect in SBA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, explained. ‘In government, that is a terrifying thing—that this service that you’re about to stand up or about to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on might not work exactly how you think it’s going to…’”

“Hunt added that there’s a fundamental ‘cultural mindset shift that has to happen,’ when traditional teams that might operate in silos with compliance-based security checks shift to more modern cloud-centric DevSecOps models, which involves constant iterating and changing.”

“’It’s all around, you know, trust, resilience and agility—and really building that knowledge base in your organization,’ Hunt said.”

“However Hunt, who also had a hand in crafting the government’s Cloud Smart policy, noted that there’s also a flipside to that agility. Federal insiders need to construct and maintain a very clear vision and goals when exploring cloud and other new technologies…” Read the full article here.

Source: Cloud Adoption Can Be Risky Business—But That’s Not Bad, Officials Say – By Brandi Vincent, July 23, 2020. Nextgov.

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