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WHAT: “Cloud Buyer's Guide for Government”

WHY: Cloud computing is supposed to be easy. Clients port over their data, select the applications they want, and administrators can spin their capacity up and down depending on demand. Ideally, cloud is cheap, portable, secure, scalable and simple. But in government, nothing is easy. Acquisitions regulations, security demands, legacy system requirements, and good old-fashioned inertia can make a switch to cloud for applications such as email or overall infrastructure appear daunting.

TechAmerica's new buying guide helps agencies develop a business case for moving to the cloud, explains how to make that case to agency executives who might not have a background in IT by stressing the opportunities for innovation, secure and enterprise-wide upgrades that help patch vulnerabilities, price, and performance metrics. The guide also gets into the details on implementation – what to ask for from a service provider to make sure that an agency's custom applications are supported in the cloud.

Verbatim: "Agencies should identify their systems that require updates to computer equipment or that need to acquire new functionalities and then evaluate if the workloads running on those systems are candidates for moving to the cloud, potentially eliminating significant costs associated with the scheduled IT infrastructure improvements." 

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

Click here for previous articles by Mazmanian. Connect with him on Twitter at @thisismaz.


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