The Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act) has been eagerly anticipated by federal CIO corps as they attempt to retire legacy infrastructure and drive IT modernization.
While the MGT Act is awaiting full funding from Congress, it will eventually create a $250 million dollar Technology Modernization Fund. But as ServiceNow CTO, Bob Osborn, pointed out in a recent article in GCN, the MGT Act also enables agencies to create a working fund that will “kick start” fresh initiatives and introduce new tech,” in much the same way as seed funding works to help Silicon Valley startups reach their goals quickly.
With this veritable pot of gold in the offing, one of the hot topics around Washington, D.C. is how should federal CIOs leverage this funding when it becomes available? For Osborn there’s a clear priority for this seed funding: “Move to the cloud. Retiring legacy technology and adopting commercially proven cloud-based software–as-a-service solutions should be the first step on every agency’s modernization journey.”
Osborn makes his case for moving to the cloud in a clear and compelling manner, citing security, the ability to scale up and down, and managing energy costs. And you know what? When agencies move to the cloud and take advantage of these benefits like reduce OPEX, there’s suddenly a bit more money left in the budget, which, in turn can be used as additional seed funding.
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