Federal CIO Vivek Kundra contends that the U.S. government can acquire technology faster and at lower cost through cloud computing. In a April 7 speech, Kundra said “many organizations” in the private sector are realizing “tremendous savings” through cloud computing. His assertion was backed up by a recent research by Darrell West of the Brookings Institution”: on saving money through cloud computing, which reported that federal agencies could save as much as 25% to 50% of IT costs.
These claims about cloud computing savings in government haven’t gone unremarked, as John Foley reported in Information Week Government. Where would these savings be realized? What are the tradeoffs for government adopting the cloud? What are government IT executives finding as they implement cloud architectures? In this panel, Darrell West will be joined by Mike Krieger, deputy CIO of the Army, and Carolyn Lawson, CIO, Public Utilities Commission, State of California, will address these questions and more.
Mike Krieger became Army Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6 in July 2008. CIO/G-6 oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages the Enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces Enterprise IT policies, and directs the delivery of operational C4 IT capabilities to support warfighters and to enable the Army’s slice of joint information dominance.
Mr. Krieger is a Senior Executive with broad experience in Information Technology. He served 25 years in the U.S. Army, with operational assignments in tactical communications and command and control.
He previously was the Principal Director for the Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer, and also formerly held the position of Director for Information Policy and Integration in the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer.
Mr. Krieger believes information assets must be visible, accessible, understandable and trusted to achieve an information advantage for our Soldiers and mission partners.
Mr. Krieger holds a B.A. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Carolyn Lawson is the Director of eServices for the Office of the CIO, State of California. She previously served as the California Public Utilities Commission CIO, and has been active in the national discussion of IT issues and policies related to eService delivery in government.
Ms. Lawson is currently examining the complex issues brought on by the cultural shift from a paper-based society to an e-based society, the new expectations of the general public, the changing face of our workforce and what that means to the delivery of governmental services. Ms. Lawson speaks and teaches nationally on these and other topics.
John Foley is editor of InformationWeek and editorial team leader of InformationWeek Government, which is focused on the government IT market. Foley writes and blogs on a wide range of topics in government and enterprise IT, including his newest area of interest, the cloud computing model.
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