Cloud computing among top IT priorities of federal CIOs

January 19, 2012

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget's memo in August gave chief information officers of federal agencies more authority over IT purchases, and most CIOs are working towards meeting new government regulations that require cloud adoption.

According to a survey by Federal News Radio in November, cloud computing, mobile computing, cybersecurity and reducing IT spending are among the top priorities for agency CIOs in 2012. The report said 83 percent of CIOs expected to meet the OMB's deadline of adding at least one cloud service by the end of 2011.

"There's far greater need for shared IT services to drive savings," said one CIO regarding the state of federal IT, as reported by the source. "Common configuration control, cloud platforms and mobile applications will truly help the government move away from current stovepipes and costly legacy systems."

Survey respondents cited websites and web hosting as the most popular cloud function government agencies will adopt this year, while email and collaboration tools, data storage and customer service applications were also among the top cloud priorities.

The U.S. government recently implemented a Cloud First mandate, which it hopes will reduce IT costs and improve security for federal organizations. According to a Ponemon Institute survey, 83 percent of government employees said their agency has fully or somewhat identified the first three cloud applications they will implement.

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