From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder
As the federal government moves toward a more normal posture of operations after being shut down for 16 days, many agencies have returned to the business of looking to GovCon firms for next-generation technology tools.
Cloud computing innovations continue to drive federal procurement priorities and the General Services Administration and U.S. military both took steps this week toward migrating into cloud environments.
GSA awarded IBM a potential five-year contract to build a cloud-based platform that the agency will use to process orders from other federal government agencies.
IBM will base the system on itsSmartCloud for Government and aims for it to help GSA monitor suppliers and analyze ordering trends.
“The GSA is showing tremendous leadership for other government agencies by moving their order management system to the cloud,” said Anne Altman(left) GM of IBM’s U.S. federal business.
Microsoft‘s U.S. public sector VP Curt Kolcun (right) announced this weekthat his company and Dell will make 50,000 Office 365 licenses available to all Defense Department components.
The Office tools include cloud-based email and calendar functions, as well as collaboration platforms such as SharePoint.
That announcement comes soon after Microsoft unveiled plans to deploy a cloud environment designed exclusively for use by all levels of U.S. government.
“All DoD services, agencies and mission partners will be able to use an on premises, cloud or hybrid solution to best meet their needs,” Kolcun says.
The Potomac Officers Club resides at the intersection of the public and private sectors by bringing together leaders from both government and industry to discuss how companies and agencies can take advantage of emerging technological trends.
“Cloud Computing & the Federal Government,” POC’s upcoming next-gen tech forum, will feature speakers such as David McClure (above), associate administrator of GSA’s citizen services and communication office; Michele Weslander-Quaid (left), federal CTO and innovation evangelist at Google; and John Pescatore (below), director of emerging security trends at SANS.
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