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Ken Rogers: State Dept. Eyes Cloud Optimization Approach

Ken Rogers, deputy chief information officer for business management and planning at the State Department, has said that his agency intends to use enterprise license agreements as part of an effort to optimize its approach to cloud technology, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Next year, the State Department will begin consolidating its various cloud services contracts using enterprise licensing with the goal of “having an elastic cloud environment that can scale rather than setting up duplicative infrastructure environments,” Rogers said during an interview on Federal News Radio’s “Ask the CIO”.

Rogers noted that this optimized approach allows the department to move its clients “to that software-as-a-service layer where they can have a lighter lift,” reduce the time they spend on modernizing applications, “create efficiencies… remove some of the friction” and potentially bring about significant savings.

“This is a real opportunity to do real modernization,” Rogers said.

After the cloud services are consolidated, the State Department will proceed with system optimization efforts in order to achieve its target savings, Rogers added.

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