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7.14.2016

MOVE IT Act Introduced in House and Senate

July 14, 2016

Today, Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), and Jaime Herrera-Beutler (R-WA) along with Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) will be introducing the Modernize Obsolete and Vulnerable Enterprise IT or MOVE IT Act (previously known as Cloud IT).  Senators T...

7.14.2016

After months of efforts to develop a comprehensive legislative proposal to accelerate the federal government’s adoption of innovative IT, we are excited to announce that today legislation will be introduced in both the House and Senate to create working capital funds at the 24 CFO Act agencies as well as reform the FedRAMP program. 

The legislation, which in draft form was...

7.12.2016

There is a new philosophy for IT transitions and accelerated cloud deployment called Bimodal IT. Developed by Gartner, this philosophy distinguishes between Systems of Record (called “Mode 1” systems), and Systems of Engagement (called “Mode 2 systems”).

Mode 1 systems are traditional legacy and steady state infrastructure. These are the large, often mainframe-based IT sys...

6.24.2016

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a key enabler of government transparency. It serves a vital function to preserve open government and provide sunshine onto government operations and initiatives.

In recognition of this critical role, on June 13, 2016 the House passed the Senate-passed FOIA reform bill, S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act under suspension of the rules,...

In many ways, FITARA represents a new era of accountability in government IT. Among the law’s major tenets is a provision that strengthens the role of department CIOs by giving them control over IT budgets and acquisition strategies. FITARA also requires that CIOs report directly to the agency head, the deputy secretary or a similar management executive.

 

“For the very fir...

5.25.2016

This morning GAO confirmed what anyone who has looked around the federal government knows all too well- we are trying to embrace a 21st Century digital government using antique (some would go so far as to say “Fossil”) computer systems. GAO just completed a yearlong review of just how bad things truly are, and oh boy, are they bad.

 

 

GAO reports that the federal government...

5.17.2016

Vertical certifications that cloud providers must know about!

 

  

One of the key areas of potential growth for Cloud Providers is to offer ever-more tailored solutions to customers as a new “as a service” type offering. Cloud is evolving with light speed, and the existing IaaS, PaaS and SaaS models are swiftly morphing into an array of new capabilities.  The next wave...

5.16.2016

Buying cloud is an evolving art. The heart of the cloud business model- ala cart or consumption-based pricing, is an evolving beast. There still is no universal model for the buy-by-the-drink philosophy that is integral to the cloud value proposition. And the other key terms- those that really should be in what is euphemistically called a “Service Level Agreement” or SLA-...

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