Weekly Wrap up: First Steps Towards Moving to Cloud


Weekly Wrap up: First Steps Towards Moving to Cloud

Friday, April 1st, 2011 - 10:31
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Articles of interest from the week of March 28, 2011


This week, Greg Greben, Vice President and IBM Market Leader for Business Analytics and Optimization, shared some insight on how the Army is expected to save millions of manpower hours and over $1.3 billion annually through the implementation of e-forms. This solution will enable Army personnel to view and digitally sign forms on their computers.  

Also this week, Jeff Koch, Associate Partner in IBM’s Strategy and Innovation consulting practice, shared details on how agencies can take the first step into cloud computing by virtualizing their development and test (dev-test) environment. By being centrally managed via one real machine (also known as the gold master), agencies can really reap cost and time savings by sharing the costs and resources between development programs. He also mentions several other benefits:  avoiding hardware delivery and installation delays, time spent during configuration, and being able to virtually replicate dev-test environments.

Just this week, the Technology CEO Council (TCC) released an updated version of the “One Trillion Reasons” report, which is directly related to our thinking about removing costs from government operations. IBM provided several examples used in the update that demonstrate cost savings and performance improvement. As mentioned in previous posts, the TCC released its first publication of the “One Trillion Reasons” whitepaper in October 2010.  

In addition to the video that I mentioned last week on our Strategies to Cut Cost and Improve Performance Whitepaper, featuring Debra Cammer Hines, IBM Public Sector Consulting Leader, we also wanted to share a short Youtube video presented by IBM’s Center for the Business of Government that also details our thought leadership on how to improve performance and do “more with less.” I encourage you to download it and watch it during your commute.

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