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OMB Updates Gov’t Cloud Migration Strategy; Bill Hunt Quoted

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Bill Hunt, digital services expert at the Office of Management and Budget, has said OMB’s updated cloud strategy seeks to accelerate federal agencies’ efforts to implement the technology, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

The Cloud Smart strategy, which succeeds the Cloud First plan, will involve training federal agencies on how to move to the cloud as some are still confused about the concept and process.

OMB has been working with the General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security to review regulations that continue to hinder agencies from adopting cloud systems.

Hunt noted that there is also a need for contractors to follow a smart procurement process to effectively use the cloud.

He added that agencies needs to take a holistic and enterprise-wide approach for the cloud migration process.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army has started using a hybrid cloud strategy that intends to automate systems to reduce labor costs.

“If you look at where the commercial sector is, whether it’s Google or YouTube, or something like this, they get where they need to be because they automate the workflow,” said Thomas Sasala, chief data officer of the Army.

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