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.

18F builds agile contract for agile development

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Solicitations close June 26 for 18F's agile delivery services blanket purchase agreement (BPA), which, when finished, will enable agencies to buy services for agile development projects in an agile way. The Agile BPA being piloted at 18F — a division of the General Services Administration created to help agencies with software development — will include some 20 vendors with a proven ability to facilitate rapid code development and deploy functional software through an iterative approach.

U.S. Government Adopts Agile IT for Cloud Apps

David Deans, B2C,  Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. That said, a new market study by MeriTalk reveals that approximately two-thirds of American federal government IT leaders say DevOps adoption will help agencies shift into the cloud computing fast lane.

How HHS and NASA are handling hybrid-cloud challenges

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Monday, June 15, 2015

Gartner reports that 70 percent of organizations are pursuing a hybrid-cloud approach. In government, NASA and the Department of Health and Human Services have been among the early movers toward such solutions -- but that doesn't mean they've ironed out all the wrinkles. At a June 10 FCW event on cloud security, IT executives from both agencies discussed the security, privacy and organizational challenges they've encountered and the steps being taken to address them.

Moving from legacy IT to a private cloud

Jim O'Reilly, TechTarget,  Monday, June 08, 2015

I think most IT professionals agree that the cloud has changed the ground rules for operations. The main challenge to legacy IT is that the acquisition cost for the cloud is near zero. This has created an atmosphere of inevitability for legacy installations. There really is no justification for the legacy approach to continue as it has in the past, but the multi-million dollar question is how to get from a legacy base to some form of cloud. This isn't simple. If it were, we would have done it already.

Microsoft’s new cloud offering targets government

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As government CIOs mull their prospects in the cloud, Microsoft is trying to shed its image of a proprietary, license-driven software behemoth. For the last several years, Redmond has been talking up its efforts to develop cloud services and applications and expand its developer ecosystem, and now, the company is positioning its technology as a hub that can bind together and support disparate systems, applications, operating systems and cloud environments.

How To Modernize IT Without Leaving Legacy Behind

Julie Urban, B2C,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One of the big challenges facing government agencies today is the need to use updated cloud technologies whenever possible, per The Cloud First policy. This policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization and minimize cost. An underlying issue that comes with the implementation of cloud technologies is that Government agencies need to find a standardized way of fielding capabilities that don’t work that well in cloud.

G-Cloud PaaS – Government as a Platform

Cloud Best Practices Network, SYS-CON Media,  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital in the UK Cabinet Office, writes that the future of public sector IT is ‘Government as a Platform’ (GaaP), and describes how it will enable the next phase of digital transformation for government. The Cabinet Office recently published this video to easily describe the concept.

Cloud Security and Reliability Remain Top Priorities for IT Leaders

Bob Kirby, FedTech,  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CDW interviewed more than 1,200 IT managers across many different industries for its Cloud 401 Report, and found that more than a third of all computing services today are delivered via the cloud. The survey also found that organizations don’t plan to stop there: Thirty-five percent of respondents say they plan to shift new IT services to the cloud. The survey’s respondents say they most frequently implement those services or tools that are simpler to transition. Storage, email and web hosting services are most widely delivered via the cloud, according to the survey, and perceived as the easiest to transition. Respondents also say they find cloud-based services easier to implement as more services are shifted there.

How can ISO 27017 and 27018 help secure the cloud?

Davey Winder, CloudPro UK,  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Standards are crucial to both secure the cloud and give businesses the confidence they need to make the move. Which is where ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 come in as new standards for cloud services. The latter, which was released into the wild and published last year, has the formal title of being the "code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors" and provides guidance on the privacy of cloud-hosted data. ISO 27017 is still in draft form, expected to be published towards the end of this year, and will cover information security management for cloud systems outside of the privacy remit.

Vertical Clouds Target Specific Industries

Linda Rosencrance, StateTech,  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Although specialized cloud platforms have been around for several years, they’ve mainly focused on industries that face particular regulatory issues or have specialized requirements. Now, vertical clouds are emerging across all industries. Research firm IDC estimates that there could be more than 100 of these industry clouds by the beginning of 2016. Industry clouds offer several advantages to organizations. For one, they can help the public and private sectors to integrate and break down traditional silos, enabling better collaboration and information sharing within the enterprise.