DOD leaders seek more innovative and integrated IT
September 02, 2015
Cybersecurity, consolidation and pricing pressures are driving the Defense Department IT agenda, leaders told industry at an AFCEA forum.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
There’s a dirty secret among cloud computing vendors that decreasing federal budgets may, in fact, be good for business.
It seems counterintuitive, but as budgets continue to shrink, federal agencies will look harder for ways to find efficiencies. With cloud computing technologies seen right now as one of the top solutions for just that, it could push government towards those solutions perhaps faster than they originally wanted.
That argument came from Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Public Sector and one of the panelists taking part at FedScoop’s 3rd Annual Cloud Computing Shootout and Cyber Security Summit on Wednesday at the Newseum. The event aimed to bring cloud computing leaders together to discuss the various topics surrounding the government’s implementation of cloud computing.
Joining Adams on the panel was HP U.S. Public Sector Chief Technologist Tom Houston, Amazon Web Services Chief Solutions Architect Mark Ryland, General Dynamics Information Technology Chief Enterprise Engineer Cameron Chehreh and Red Hat Public Sector Chief Technology Officer Gunnar Hellekson. Dave McClure, Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, moderated the panel.
Highlights from the hour-long discussion: