What you can learn from CalCloud
- By Suzette Lohmeyer
- Apr 20, 2015
What: A case study evaluating California’s CalCloud project by The National Association of State CIOs.
Why: NASCIO’s assessment of CalCloud is a lessons learned, interview format with three of the top players in CalCloud’s procurement and implementation. NASCIO asks the specifics of how well the process went and what they would do differently.
Overall, CalCloud’s initiation seems to be a success, according to Neeraj Chauhan, who directed CalCloud’s Infrastructure Project from bidding to purchasing to implementation. “Our cloud infrastructure environment provides a highly available, 100 percent virtual environment to customers through agile, cost-effective, innovative, reliable, and secure technology.” And, said Chauhan, it meets the five most important cloud-computing characteristics: on-demand self-service, resource pooling, broad network access, rapid elasticity and measured service.
What Chauhan, California Chief Privacy Officer Jim Butler and Carlos Ramos, director of the state’s Department of Technology emphasized as a lesson learned is to respect the reality that “communication is king” – especially between CIOs and CPOs. “Early and ongoing communication helps keep everyone on track and brings in two different and very valuable perspectives,” Ramos said.
Chauhan also recommended making sure all involved are well educated on cloud technology from the get-go, explaining that everyone seemed to have a different understanding of the technology. “I would probably spend more time with internal OTech stakeholders in educating them on the benefits of service and also with the state legislature.”
Next Up for CalCloud: The system is up, running and available. Now the state sees who will jump on the bandwagon.
Full Report: www.nascio.org
Suzette Lohmeyer is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.