TechAmerica Foundation this week released a Cloud Buyer’s Guide for the Federal Government, which is designed to assist departments and agencies with their transition to cloud-based service models, a strategic priority for federal government under its Cloud First initiative.
The guide, which is available at http://www.techamericafoundation.org/research, highlights industry best practices and case studies to provide guidance on successful implementation models and a clear path for adopting cloud services.
The report outlines a series of recommendations, including:
- Begin with a business case that defines requirements and performance objectives.
- Map agency priorities.
- Understand the security requirements.
- Consider how the cloud services will be implemented.
- Develop a procurement/acquisition strategy appropriate for purchasing cloud computing.
- Take advantage of government-wide cloud initiatives.
- Look beyond hype to include people and process in decision-making.
- Leverage a common service measurement framework to evaluate providers.
- Understand timing and triggers for considering cloud deployment.
“We are excited to provide the federal government with this new report to help them learn from industry," said Mike Hettinger, senior vice president, TechAmerica’s public sector group. “As the federal government adopts and provides new tools and technology for its workforce, they can take advantage of the tech industry’s experience gleaned from the transition in the private sector."
TechAmerica is the public sector and public policy division of CompTIA, advocating before decision-makers at the state, federal and international levels of government. Launched in 1981, the TechAmerica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica. The foundation disseminates policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, defense and federal IT forecasts, and technology employment and international trade indicators.