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This week, our focus was on key considerations before moving to a virtualized development and test (dev-test) environment.
Jeff Koch, Associate Partner in IBM’s Strategy and Innovation consulting practice, provided us with some insight on two critical questions organizations must answer before moving to the cloud: location and governance. On location, he argued that agencies should consider hosting their own dev-test environment in their data center
because a lot of what you pay for with a commercial cloud computing provider (e.g. wide bandwidth, huge capacity, managed services) is not very valuable in a dev-test environment where the system is only supporting a handful of users and test data. On governance, he suggested that the Chief Information Officer (CIO) create a Change Control Board (CCB) which serves as the gatekeeper or “controller” for the dev-test environment, ensuring agency’s IT investments is updated and secure.
We also started discussions this week about IT Asset Management and Rationalization.
Our guest blogger, Johnny Barnes, Public Sector Chief Technology Officer, talked about discovering your IT assets and their rationalization should be a standard practice before executing IT consolidation and cloud projects.
To date, I haven’t commented extensively about the continuing resolution and budget discussions that are ongoing between Congress and the White House. The local and national press has done a thorough job covering the ongoing negotiations and various plans, and there is no shortage of opinion in the coverage.
But our leaders are busy negotiating budget levels and priorities for the remainder of this fiscal year with implications for future years. Given that, I wanted to share a few links:
Next week we will focus on application consolidation and data management. Stay tuned!