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Despite all the reasons to move to the cloud, actually procuring the services is often a vexing challenge

"Despite all the reasons to move to the cloud, actually procuring the services is often a vexing challenge. And the reason for the challenge isn’t necessarily the cloud itself. “The technology piece is the easy piece. You need to get people to understand what the cloud really is,” said Hiers, Project Director of Enterprise Services for the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Services at the GovLoop, Vion and Hitachi Data Systems’ federal cloud procurement event.

There is still some confusion about how the cloud actually works. Take Gmail for example. Most people understand that their Gmail account is operated in the cloud, but many organizations struggle with having an enterprise-wide perspective or policy. Hiers explained, “It’s one thing to have a personal Gmail account. It’s another thing to try to get an organization to adopt it and mold itself to help that technology. You’ve got the traditional people, process, technology problem. Anytime you insert in a disruptive technology, we have to look at the organizational model and the financial model for how the cloud works. So the technology is the easy piece. What is the real sticking point is getting all the pieces to work in sync.”

One of the ways to help create that synchronicity is to learn from others. “One of the best things to do is just engage industry. At the end of the day, industry is going to come forward with the solution. We have to be ready and able to tell them our government specific requirements,” said Hiers. “The Department of Defense recently issued new policy guidance that gives industry a target that will help accelerate some of those discussions.”

Read the full article here Fire, Army and Cloud – What They Have in Common