Immediate Decisions for the Cloud

Today’s Innovation in Government Report highlights the government’s IT modernization challenges. Joel Jackson, the Director of Emerging Technology for Red Hat’s North American Public Sector Group, says taking advantage of the cloud is both a matter of planning and making immediate decisions.

It forces you to inventory what you have, which is always a big challenge. When you get into the scale of DoD or some of these agencies, it is something most people have not seen before. If you can at least draw the line in the sand now and say, "I'm going to build my new applications," at least it gives you a new application development platform. So you can do that today and then spend all, you know, there's going to be a lot of time figuring out what the lift and shift stuff goes to. I think you can get a lot of benefits out of just doing that. Even if you can't move any of your applications over, which you should be able to, but there's definitely some applications that are probably going to stay in a certain silo for decades even.

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