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High Altitude Government IT:  Climbing “Modernization Mountain” into the Clouds

Posted by Tim Hannon on Jun 6, 2019 7:15:58 PM

The rise of blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as others, have made today’s technological landscape more complex than ever; leaving no area untouched, including government IT. Digital transformation is here, and cloud is at the forefront of it all.

Government agencies are embracing this shift to the cloud, and IT spending is increasing annually. Given these conditions, it’s important to understand what’s driving the market to identify business opportunities effectively.Let’s take a look at what we know, and what Federal IT leaders have recently identified as priorities going forward.

Strong Cloud Foundation = Next-Gen Integration

We know government IT – like its private industry counterparts – is consistently looking to do more with less. Emerging cloud-based technologies promise endless potential; revolutionizing government to help agencies meet their missions quickly and more effectively. 

Even those agencies that haven’t yet made the shift to the cloud are at least aware that they need to make it a top priority to stay afloat. These sentiments were echoed at a cloud computing event we attended this past May. The individuals we spoke with were overwhelmingly in favor of a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure, even for managing sensitive data. This advocacy is the government acknowledging its need to ensure a secure transition between legacy and next-gen systems. A hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure allows for the use of AI, data automation, and other key technologies federal end users need to fulfill their missions.

We also heard specific deep-dive examples of how federal end users see emerging technology driving missions forward. AI, for example, offers significant opportunities to the federal government both in reducing costs and improving performance. Other benefits include manual work automation, accelerated decision-making, combating inefficiency and fraud. According to Monique Bourque, assistant director of the Justice Department’s Office of CIO, “infinite fraud exists across our mission streams that we don’t even know about; with ample space for AI to reveal it.”

In addition to building off of existing Federal government cloud initiatives and mandates, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced in May, the launch of the Cloud Information Center (CIC), which will serve as a central repository for cloud resources

It’s clear that the drive to establish a strong cloud foundation exists in government IT. This was further supported by the GAOs (Government Accountability Office) most recent report. Now it’s about getting to the finish line. 

How Tech Data Can Help You Get to the Top 

Cloud solution delivery isn’t something your team needs to do alone. The cloud and public sector pros at Tech Data offer the solutions, tools and services required for cost-effective implementation of even the most complex cloud migrations and hybrid solutions. Reach out to us today and learn how Tech Data can help take your business to the next level; our cloud solutions team can help.

About the Author

HannonT_HS (002)Tim Hannon serves as vice president of Public Sector Solutions for Tech Data. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic direction for technology and solution delivery into the U.S. public sector market, which also includes the management of Tech Data Government Solutions, LLC and oversight of this subsidiary’s U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) IT 70 contract, GS-35F-0349S.


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