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Breaking Free of Capital Budget Constraints with Mainframe as a Service

Buying or upgrading a mainframe is a significant undertaking that many organizations put off for as long as possible. First and foremost, mainframe replacements or upgrades are enterprise-class IT investments that typically require a significant capital budget. In today’s economically-conscious atmosphere, where every single upgrade is meticulously scrutinized, government agencies and private enterprises are extremely cost sensitive to new capital investments. Secondly, mainframe systems, hardware and software are all historically very reliable. So much so that many organizations are willing to take the risk of delaying upgrades or new purchases for as long as possible.

Building a Cloud-Ready Federal IT Workforce

As agencies navigate cloud, they continue to leverage and build upon lessons learned. And, it seems to be working: According to a recent MeriTalk study, 75% of Federal cloud decision-makers say their workforce is somewhat or very comfortable with moving its systems to the cloud.

Federal Cloud: What Are Agencies Learning?

We don’t need a crystal ball to know the future is bright for Federal cloud. While agencies are starting to embrace cloud – today, 85% of Federal cloud decision-makers are more optimistic about what cloud can do for their agency than they were five years ago – think we can all agree the Federal IT community is still in the cloud learning curve. Looking at efforts to date, what have agencies learned?

Modernizing Legacy Mainframe Systems with MFaaS

You might think that the nation’s nuclear program is run by cutting-edge IT technology. However, a recent Washington Post article revealed how the U.S. Department of Defense coordinates the operational functions of nuclear forces using 8-inch floppy disks.

Are you asking the right questions about smart integration and cloud?

How do agencies tackle cloud adoption? Everyone has a different story but the challenges are similar across state and local government. In a recent webinar by StateScoop titled “Smart Integration for Faster Innovation” featuring Tony Encinias, VP, Public Sector Strategy for ViON, viewers learn how other states are navigating the challenges of modernizing IT and how these organizations have found success in adopting the cloud.

Blurred Lines: How Cloud is Re-Defining Public/Private Partnership

Federal IT executives are focused on the future. And, as agencies consider modernization strategies and options, most agree that cloud will be a foundational component. While cloud conversations have been ongoing for many years, widespread use of cloud models remains a challenge. There is still confusion about choices, migration paths, and which cloud offerings are available for different types of workload. Fortunately, the burgeoning relationship between government and industry partners helps agencies cut through this cloud confusion. Federal IT executives are focused on the future. And, as agencies consider modernization strategies and options, most agree that cloud will be a foundational component. While cloud conversations have been ongoing for many years, widespread use of cloud models remains a challenge. There is still confusion about choices, migration paths, and which cloud offerings are available for different types of workload. Fortunately, the burgeoning relationship between government and industry partners helps agencies cut through this cloud confusion.

Making a List and Checking it Twice

According to the MeriTalk “Cloud Without the Commitment” report , 75 percent of Feds want to move more services to the cloud – but aren’t really ready to say “I do.” In fact, according to this study, 65 percent of agencies are not adequately prepared before they walk down the cloud aisle. As agencies approach cloud migration, developing a cloud checklist based on lessons learned increases the probability of a seamless and successful transition. Stage 1: Establish Your Cloud Strategy It begins with the foundation.

Breaking the Traditional Federal Cloud Mold

Cloud isn’t a new concept for government. Approximately 8.5 percent – or roughly $7 billion – of the government’s IT spending goes to provisioned services like cloud today. But, even greater opportunity for savings is ahead, as agencies focus hard on legacy migration. The costs associated with maintaining outdated infrastructure have reached the impossible point. OMB’s legacy systems report, out last month, found many agencies use outdated, unsupported software languages and hardware parts.

The Sky’s the Limit: Best Practices for a Surprise-Free Cloud Move

The pressure is on for agencies to make the move to cloud – just 13 percent of Feds say they can deploy new systems as fast as required . However, agencies know cloud is here to stay. When it comes down to it, Feds are optimistic – 70 percent say increasing their cloud adoption pace will improve IT’s ability to innovate.

The Cost of Cloud: Covering All Your Bases

To score a home run, you have to cover all the bases. But getting from start to finish is harder than it looks. For Federal agencies, hitting IT out of the park is even more difficult due to budget constraints, lengthy procurement processes, and staffing difficulties.

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