DHS moves forward on cloud-based IT services

The Homeland Security Department is making progress in instituting a suite of IT services built on cloud technology and enterprise infrastructure, designed to save money and cut down on duplicative systems, reports Amber Corrin in Federal Computer Week.

In doing so, DHS is overcoming hurdles in culture and component stovepipes, according to CIO Richard Spires.

“We all know in government you can’t [achieve efficiencies] in six months or a year; these are multiyear kinds of things we’re trying to achieve,” Spires said recently at an ACT-IAC event in Washington. “We’re doing this from a portfolio standpoint by function rather than looking at each one of the components individually. That’s my strategy.”

Spires signaled advances in DHS’ consolidated infrastructure and “as a service” offerings, including e-mail, workplace and business intelligence, Corrin writes.  Additionally, he noted that the agency is “just about there” in its move to OneNet, DHS’ wide-area network infrastructure.

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