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DOE CIO Seeks to Approach IT Programs Using Business Case Analyses

Max Everett, chief information officer of the Energy Department, has said that preparing a business case for a Technology Modernization Fund proposal has changed the way his agency approaches information technology programs, MeriTalk reported Monday.

The TMF Board in June approved a DOE project proposal to migrate federal email to the cloud, awarding the agency $15M in funding.

The TMF website says that a successful proposal must be able to articulate the savings and lasting financial impact that a project would bring about. A successful proposal must also determine how the agency will repay the TMF.

Everett said his agency was able to build a compelling business case because some of the department’s segments had already performed email cloud migration. The agency was, therefore, already familiar with the savings brought on by such a move. All that was left to do was calculate the cost of non-cloud email implementations.

Everett noted that by preparing a business case, “you quickly start to understand the savings,” and added that he and his agency “want to make sure that all of the IT projects, all of the things we’re looking at, that we’re doing that sort of business case analysis.”

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