Cloud Adoption: Time to Run

Dec 13, 2013


Cloud Adoption: Time to Run

On Dec. 9, 2010, Vivek Kundra, then the United States’ chief information officer, released a 25 Point Implementation Plan that, among other initiatives, established a “Cloud First” policy for federal agencies. Kundra required each agency to identify three “must move” services within three months, move one of those to the cloud within 12 months, and shift the remaining two within 18 months.

While this kick-started adoption of the cloud in the US government and initiated ­complementary efforts to address security and interoperability concerns, it achieved only mixed results. In our 2014 InformationWeek Federal Government IT Priorities Survey, we asked respondents, all of them federal government tech professionals, to rate to what degree their agencies are pursuing a dozen federal IT initiatives, using a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is “not at all” and 5 is “very aggressively.” They put Cloud First dead last on the list of priorities. Just 8% said they’re being very aggressive about cloud ­compared with 15% with a “couldn’t care less” stance.

What’s the holdup? We’ll explore. (S7720114)


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