Best Practices

Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the SafeGov.org site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.

Where Government Leads: Designing For User Choice

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When used to benefit the individual, "choice architecture" helps citizens make better choices. It means thinking hard about software defaults. Rarely is government far ahead of the technology sector in cutting-edge policies designed to produce better results. Surprisingly enough, that is exactly what is happening with techniques that empower citizens to make optimal decisions related to economics, resource allocation, and privacy.

Federal Agencies Push Cloud Migration Boulder Uphill

John K. Higgins, E-Commerce Times,  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The benefits cloud offers are immense, but with the introduction of new hybrid cloud architectures, data stewardship becomes even more complex, as data must be managed and accessed across any cloud," said NetApp exec Kirk Kern. "Federal agencies must establish enterprise-wide governance practices, while deploying solutions that streamline data mobility and stewardship across cloud models. Agencies that have done a good job in governance programs are much more disposed to implementing cloud programs than those lacking sufficient data management controls, the survey found.

The public cloud just got a new poster child

Matt Asay, Tech Republic,  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In a surprisingly candid and punchy interview with InfoWorld, Chris Drumgoole, GE's chief operations officer of Information Technology, dissed private clouds as merely "well-orchestrated virtualization" and declared GE will reduce its data center assets by 90% in favor of the public cloud. Is GE the new poster child for the public cloud? Which brings us to GE, the multinational firm founded in 1878. For GE to use public cloud resources isn't all that ground-breaking. After all, whether it has known it or not, its developers have almost certainly been using the cloud to route around IT for years. But to commit to the public cloud without reservation? That's big.

Guidelines aim to prevent overloading of mobile networks

Stephanie Kanowitz, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As applications and devices associated with the "Internet of Things" grow, they threaten to overload mobile networks. New guidelines offer methods to make sure that doesn't happen. The "IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines" from the GSM Association, a London-based group representing mobile operators worldwide, aim to help mobile network operators deal with the deployment of inefficient, insecure or defective IoT devices on their networks.

Android OS: Closing the Door on Open Source?

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Friday, October 10, 2014

In recent weeks, the federal government has accelerated its efforts to promote the use of open source platforms as a way to improve the array of digital services it offers. But when agencies make open source-driven decisions on which mobile operating systems they should entrust with data, the degree to which some companies have control over common operating systems, such as Android, is concerning.

Could big-data analytics improve federal procurement?

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Friday, October 10, 2014

Big data could be an important tool for federal procurement shops, but its usefulness depends on finding quality data and understanding how to use it to track vendor performance and pricing. Several recent studies -- a Government Accountability Office report, a CIO survey by TechAmerica and the IBM Institute for Business Value's "Chief Procurement Officer Study" -- all point to the same conclusion: Analytics and acquisition need to go to more of the same parties.

Home Improvement or Guide to Cloud Migrations?

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Monday, October 06, 2014

Recently I was watching a home improvement show and it struck me that home improvement design questions and questions we should ask our cloud provider are often quite similar.

The Value of the Broker Model

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I find it interesting and have the argument frequently about the value of cloud brokers. I tend to be arguing with cloud service providers and argue that there is significant customer value in the cloud broker model. Cloud service providers don’t always see that value and they should.. From their perspective its business as usual and the broker of course changes that. Lately however I am seeing more and more people moving to my side and tipping the argument further. So I have come up with my top ten reasons brokers will be of value in the next two years.

Culture Remains A Significant Barrier To Technology Adoption In Government

Bailey McCann, CivSource,  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If your agency or department has an organizational culture that looks warily on change or adopting new technology, it is more likely that you’ll lag behind your peers, according to a new report from the Harvard Business Review and Verizon. The report entitled, “The Digital Dividend: First Mover Advantage” details how technology adoption is changing the business of government.

Vendor Outreach Key to Unlocking Federal Cloud Market

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Federal IT executives urge cloud service providers to offer agencies a glimpse of their roadmaps to help guide procurement strategies, which is often a byzantine process hampered by perpetual government tech talent shortages.