Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives. We also follow US and EU antitrust actions relating to the Technology sector.

Citrix solution NetScaler is available now on Azure Government

Pradeep, MSPowerUser.com,  Monday, October 24, 2016

Microsoft today announced that Citrix solution NetScaler is available now on Azure Government community cloud. NetScaler will help government agency IT teams to securely and efficiently support a mobile government workforce while cutting operational costs and delivering an unmatched user experience. Government employees can securely access the apps and data they need to provide vital services wherever they are located, on any device.

Government Can Influence Cloud Interoperability

Dana Gardner, SYS-CON Media,  Friday, October 21, 2016

As government agencies move to the public cloud computing model, the use of more than one public cloud provider can offer economic benefits by a competition and choice. But are the public clouds standardized efficiently for true interoperability, and can the large government contracts in the offing for cloud providers have an impact on the level of maturity around standardization?

Automating the Citizen Experience in Government

Teresa Weipert, Nextgov,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

Last year at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in DAVOS, a pronouncement was made that the value of digital transformation—for society and the IT industry combined—could be greater than $100 trillion by 2025. That’s a staggering number! Included in that transformation are digital technologies and cloud-based platforms, as well as analytics, sensors, mobile solutions and a new wave of automation that affects all industries and vertical markets, including financial, energy, security, communications and health.

Government technology advisor calls UK Azure data centers a “win-win” for government and citizens

Dave Shanahan, WinBeta,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

According to United Kingdom (UK) technology advisor, Liam Maxwell, Microsoft’s decision to open data centers in the country is a “win-win.” Maxwell spoke with over 100 senior British business leaders at Microsoft’s offices in London, to discuss the cost benefits of storing government and business data in the cloud as opposed to on-premises solutions.

Microsoft Improves Government Cloud With New Version Of Azure And Office 365

Jiran, iTechPost,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Microsoft has just launched its Department of Defense-specific versions of Office 365 and Azure. The tech company has previously provided US government agencies with its Government Cloud service. Microsoft has also added two new regions for its Azure Government in the South West and South Central US. Cloud computing has become a staple in businesses. The national, federal, state and local government agencies have also realized the significance of cloud. It allows people to be more productive. Cloud also enables collaboration. Thus, these government agencies are able to provide good service.

On the road to a Federal Integrated Business Framework

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The General Services Administration’s new shared services framework could expand the use of cloud services across the federal government, according to the Unified Shared Service Management Office's Robert Wuhrman.

Nadella: 'Windows is the most open platform there is'

Jason Hiner, ZDNet,  Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nadella articulated what that vision means for the future of Azure, Windows, Office, Cortana, Linkedin, and more during his keynote address--on a telepresence link--at Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016 in Orlando on Tuesday.

Feds Want to Move Further Into the Cloud, but Face Security Concerns

Phil Goldstein, FedTech,  Monday, October 17, 2016

Federal IT decision-makers whose agencies have adopted cloud computing expect to invest more in cloud computing next year, but clear barriers to that investment still remain, especially in terms of security, according to a MeriTalk survey. The survey, “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” which was released last month, drew responses from 300 federal, state, local, and higher education IT leaders whose agencies or institutions have adopted the cloud. Among federal respondents, the survey found that 55 percent are currently integrating cloud into their agency’s IT strategy and 85 percent expect increased cloud spending in 2017.

The cloud's role in the new digital economy

Bill Aubin, FCW,  Monday, October 17, 2016

For many governments, being relevant in the digital economy means launching revamped programs at a massive scale very quickly. That will require creating new programs that teach digital skills, launching digital inclusion initiatives, improving government services and evolving infrastructure -- all while cutting costs and becoming more efficient.

Innovation depends on convergence and agile development

David Rubal, GCN,  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

To reap the benefits of new technology, agencies must embrace convergence of hardware and software, whether via the cloud or on-premises stacks. Converged infrastructure enables greater cooperation between development and operations teams in an agile development environment, which helps deliver better services to citizens faster.