Culture that is resistant to change and the lack of a consistently agreed-upon and understood definition of what can be gained from cloud computing are some of the largest challenges facing government executives as they push their agencies to cloud adoption, said panelists at last week’s Federal Cloud Computing Summit hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.
Moderated by Federal Times Editor Steven Watkins, the cloud acquisition and policy panel was among a slew of discussion topics at the two-day event aimed at identifying and addressing challenges to cloud adoption, the future of cloud, cloud security and FedRAMP and integration.
Panelists Maynard Crum, Lawrence Gross and Bill McNally from the General Services Administration, Department of Interior and NASA, respectively, elucidated on attempts and challenges from within their agencies to migrate to cloud.
The speakers agreed across the board that failing to identify what was needed from enterprise infrastructure and poor organizational maturity most often challenged adoption, but that letting cost benefits drive the decision to migrate was often most successful in driving adoption.
PBGC CIO Dr. Barry West was the Government Chair of the event.