Article from Defense Systems on Cloud

I read today in the Defense Systems that the CIO Teri Takai is wary of cloud migration with current tech. She makes some very good points except she forgot to mention that her office really can’t stop programs from adopting cloud solutions. It is here, now what do you do? Just saying "It is too hard" isn’t going to be enough. I wish the interview would have asked questions that were more than softballs. volume 5, number 4


One Reply to “Article from Defense Systems on Cloud”

  1. I didn’t find the exact CIO comments on Cloud but have some ideas of solution for what most people are rejecting for Cloud’s benefits. I do agree with others comments that acquisition reform is needed to foster Cloud development and that means not building independent system solutions but building on a framework of collaborative pieces of the Data; Common User Interface; Infrastructure; Composable functions; all wrapped with Governance and Standards between the other four categories. This is the implementation passage of SOA built systems. If we built our acquisition around these five areas of IT, we can then build an enterprise framework and all within it would be built within a safe and relational environment. IA then would be part of the pieces (infrastructure as well as within the Composable functions) as they come together, but today the problem is we are still building the traditional way by independent solutions for individual problems then try to hook that back into other system solutions so the Cloud represents a problem for this type of acquisition. Weaving in and out of the Cloud between stovepipe structured systems is a huge challenge. Also the speed of using cloud gives the warfighter greater agility and adaptiveness that we haven’t seen with any other IT technology to date. I agree with Howie that Cloud is going to happen regardless of what we put up as roadblocks so, again we need to figure out how to embrace new technology into our way of live to help us perform at more effective levels. The closer we get to the speed of light for our collaboration, the quicker we can act in a proactive way. Today we are still in a reactive mode because we haven’t shifted ownership of collaboration to the user communities except in lip service. Confidence and trust is built upon sharing and collaboration. Independent stovepipe solutions are built on limited boundaries or turf areas and build up fences between others. We all know this but we haven’t changed our leaderships actions toward this.


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