Fose 2009 Survey – Part Ii – Cant See The Clouds-9c8947

UnCategorized Well, all the results are in and tabulated, and we finally have some breathing room amidst all the other announcements going on over here (when it rains, it pours) to look at the survey results and what it all means. This is our third year doing the survey of Government IT at the FOSE show, so we are able to show some trends. Over time, we’ve switched some topics in and out of the list, but we have always asked two main questions: Which technologies and projects are most important to Government IT and which ones have already been implemented or are agencies planning to implement soon. Important Technologies: 1) Continuity of Operations – 92% (of respondents marked this as important or very important) 2) FISMA/Security Information Management – 88% 3) Virtualization Management – 76% (down from 86% last year) Where Government IT is Spending Budget/Resources: 1) Continuity of Operations – 48% with tools in place, 13% planned this year 2) FISMA/Security Information Management – 43% with tools in place, 15% planned this year 3) Virtualization Management – 30% with tools in place, 14% planned this year. So actually, the top 3 match up in terms of stated importance and actually getting them done. We saw much more of a gap with Virtualization Management last year – with 86% marking it important but only 15% with tools in place; Government IT has spent the last year beginning to close that gap. No surprise in light of the economic climate and the emphasis everywhere to be more efficient and cut costs. At the very bottom of the list: Cloud Computing with only 42% marking it as important or very important to their operations and only 11% already using it (and 8% planning projects for this year). I have to say that I was a bit surprised to see even ITIL/CMDB (at 50% important/very important) beat Cloud Computing out on this list but then I thought about it more and could think of a few factors why this would be so. (slight side note – loved the guys who came by the booth and started laughing about ITIL/CMDB. Turns out they took the certification class but flunked the test. At least they had a good sense of humor about it!) So Cloud Computing: The US Government is the largest buyer of technology in the world. With a few exceptions (Department of Defense, for example), government agencies are not known for their rapid adoption of technology innovation. I’m not telling tales here – it’s what new Federal CIO Vivek Kundra stated out loud in his keynote and what he vows to change. (Once he’s taken off of administrative leave for his old DC CTO office being investigated by the FBI. Eek – apparently the FBI raid was going on AS HE WAS SPEAKING at FOSE.) Cloud computing – public, private, hybrid – is constantly being defined and redefined. It literally means different things to different people, and the game keeps on changing on us all. Is it any wonder that government IT, with its often elevated requirements around security and accessibility and extended if not complicated procurement processes, has not yet universally adopted the notions of dynamic on-demand computing resources or not owning its computing resources (system integrator contracts aside)? Similar to IPv6 (but hopefully a lot more successfully), shifting plans in Government IT to use public and build private clouds is a huge undertaking and requires mandates, timelines, planning and coordination that the Obama administration’s OMB has not yet provided. Like many of the survey takers said, we’ll have to "wait and see" on this one. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: