Many of us are very aware of our business requirements and the end state where we would like our business or organization to go. Although the gulf between where we are and where we want to go is often comprised of what we have done and acknowledging that we may not be prepared to ask the right questions. Sometimes we simply do not know what we do not know.

Many years ago I served as a soldier in the Republic of Panama for the United States Army Signal Corps. In Panama, the jungle was thick and often it was very difficult to see 100 feet in front of you. Our teams would be required to lay cable from point A to point B. Imagine a jungle so thick that every step required cutting and forcing your way through the jungle.

Many of us feel like we are in the jungle of technology. Instead of vines, trees and thick foliage, we have to navigate our way through legacy systems, demanding business requirements and limited or shrinking budgets.

The jungles of Panama were filled with all types of animals, plants and insects that could make you very sick or even kill you. Your boots were lined with steel in the event that you stepped on black palm, which could be very dangerous. The frogs spit things at you that reacted like acid on your skin. As we consider change within our IT infrastructure, we are going to have to put on our steel plated shoes and watch out for the spitting frogs.

Just as in the jungle, we have to pause and think about our IT strategy moving forward. Instead of using our machetes to cut through the thick of the jungle, we would climb to the highest peak/tree and see if there was an easier path. Although some of our legacy IT strategies have been successful over the years, they simply may not adapt to the new world of computing.

Here are two considerations in approaching your IT strategy:

Operational expenses associated with security: Security requirements will continue to be a driving force and expense as we move forward in this new computing/cloud era. Are you ready? Do you currently manage your security information efficiently, allowing for the inheritance of your efforts between multiple authority to operate (ATO)/security requirements? Do you or your partners have the vision to manage the security process and authorizations moving forward? How will continuous monitoring impact your ATOs and environments?

Strategic technology flexibility: You should be able to implement your IT strategy as building blocks. Many organizations view this as movement to multi-tenant cloud environment, and I agree this may be an option for some. However, the reality is we may still have investments that require dedicated clouds and infrastructure. The bottom line: is your technology choice and strategy flexible?

In the jungle we had two options: Grunt your way through the jungle with a machete or climb to the top of the trees and build a strategy. Cloud computing/automated computing infrastructure is the new era. The technology strategy is designed to save us time and money.

Cloud computing will be the way that we manage flatlined budgets and secure our environments. The Dell Cloud for U.S. Government has been built specifically to the NIST 800-53 standards, coupled with a compliance framework and flexibility.

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