Cloud computing has been a hot trend in computing over the last several years, and has been anointed a strategic initiative for the Federal government. Cloud holds great promise as a technology-based service offering that enables government to consolidate and save money as well as providing a platform for innovative new uses of technology.
To achieve the benefit of comprehensive savings and innovation, government will need to move past the "low-hanging" fruit implementations of cloud computing like email and web services and begin to redeploy agency mission systems to the cloud. This will require require major upgrades to systems, complex projects and high risk. How is your agency positioned to undertake this task? Is the journey ahead fully understood? Will government gain full advantage of cloud benefits, or just tangential returns?