For many years, one of the biggest challenges faced in tax administration was figuring out how to capture the data needed to effectively assess and collect taxes owed to the government. Over the last 25 years, the advent of electronic filing, advances in data capture technology, and the growth of data sources have replaced this problem with a new one: How to effectively use the now abundant amount of data available to solve business problems. More...

For many years, one of the biggest challenges faced in tax administration was figuring out how to capture the data needed to effectively assess and collect taxes owed to the government. Over the last 25 years, the advent of electronic filing, advances in data capture technology, and the growth of data sources have replaced this problem with a new one: How to effectively use the now abundant amount of data available to solve business problems. More...

Modernized information technology is a fundamental prerequisite to taking advantage of new and emerging capabilities to improve mission delivery in the digital age. Yet, legacy systems continue to create challenges and roadblocks for commercial and government organizations, including our U.S. federal agency clients. More...

Software as a Service (SaaS) has emerged as a popular delivery model to increase the efficiency of business-driven IT services. Ease of implementation and lower IT costs via “pay as you go” models have proven attractive for enterprises desiring the benefits of modern applications without having to invest in and delivery these services internally. More...

When information and applications are designated as mission critical, this should immediately signal to the organization that these systems require the highest levels of protection and equally high investment to guard against malicious attacks. When moving these applications to the cloud, system owners need to know how cloud service providers (CSPs) will deliver secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) capable of maintaining a low-risk security posture. More...

Hybrid IT service delivery models that combine public-cloud architectures with private-cloud architectures are on the rise within companies across industries. Such environments require a holistic management approach that ensures effective governance, regulatory compliance and security, as well as high IT performance and reduced costs. More...

In the past year or so, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has made a number of changes to make it easier for DoD agencies to buy cloud services, including accepting some additional risk for less mission-critical data. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the DoD Chief Information Officer also have published a cloud security requirements guide (SRG) to provide more standardized definitions across the Department to facilitate cloud adoption. More...

John Nemoto

To cloud or not to cloud

As the cloud market has matured, informed buyers recognize that not every application or service belongs in the cloud, and that no single cloud will meet all of an organization’s needs. The key is to zero in on the “what” (what services and applications are required and what are the measures of delivery success), without getting hung up on the “how” (such as how the underlying infrastructure or technology is delivered). More...

In today’s immature cloud brokerage marketplace, there is a big misconception that cloud brokerage is primarily about finding the least expensive virtual machine when it really should be about figuring out the best-fit environment for your workload. In determining the right environment, cost is one factor to consider among many. Other factors include the following: More...

On May 29, the TechAmerica Foundation released a new report, Cloud Buyer’s Guide for the Federal Government, to support the transition of federal departments and agencies to cloud-based service models. The report was introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives on that day, with opening remarks from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who co-chairs the House Cloud Computing Caucus. More...